3/4 oz Pineau des Charentes
3/4 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a glass. Twist a lime peel over the top.
(*) A dry plum; other fruit eau de vie would probably work well here too.
Monday two weeks ago, we went to Pomodoro in Brookline when Stephen Shellenberger was bartending. Stephen mentioned that he has been enjoying the pairing of fruit eau de vie and Pineau des Charentes, and he asked if I was interested in trying one. The drink he made contained a Mirabelle plum spirit that was sweetened by Pineau des Charentes and Aperol. For a name, the Mirabelle made me think of French New Wave film maker Eric Rohmer's Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle; the first of the four adventures was "L'Heure Bleue."