Thursday, November 22, 2012

swiss guard

1 1/2 oz Farmer's Gin
1/2 oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass rinsed with Kübler Absinthe (1/8 oz).
corpse reviver #2 northstar bartenders guild cocktail swiss guard
Two Saturdays ago, I spotted the Swiss Guard in North Star Cocktails which seemed like a delightful apricot for orange Corpse Reviver #2 variation. The recipe was created by Rob Jones who tends bar at Meritage in St. Paul, Minnesota; Swiss guards are the colorful protectors of the Vatican, and the name may be a nod to the Swiss absinthe used in the drink. The Swiss Guard offered an absinthe and apricot aroma with hints of lemon. Next, the lemon and the Cocchi's wine filled the sip, and the swallow began with apricot and gin and finished with anise notes from the absinthe. As the drink warmed up, it became less apricot forward. Overall, the drink reminded me of a citrus version of a Self Starter.

1 comment:

Mike Todd said...

I used Lillet blanc instead of Cocchi (closest thing I had on hand), and to my taste the drink needed a just a splash more of eacch of the mixers to balance out the gin (Plymouth on this try).