Tuesday, October 30, 2012


1 1/2 oz Old Overholt Rye
1/2 oz Bénédictine
1/2 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

After the Aftermath at Backbar, bartender Aaron Feder wanted to showcase his first cocktail creation called the Cadet. The drink was a cross between a Toronto and a Junior. Thinking about Canadian police, Aaron named his drink after a Junior Mountie who is also known as a Cadet.
Aaron described his drink as "a gateway Sour" perhaps in how the herbal liqueurs are lightened by the citrus and sugar content. The Cadet began with a lime aroma that led into a lime and malt sip. On the swallow, the rye's barrel and Benedictine's herbal notes mingled at the beginning and the Fernet appeared lightly on the finish. Overall, the drink did remind me of the Ali-Frazier I created earlier in the year, but the Cadet's Benedictine and lime took the drink in a different direction than the Ali-Frazier's Cointreau and lemon.

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