1 1/2 oz Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal (Montelobos)
3/4 oz Suze Gentian Liqueur (Salers)
1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
At the nightcap hour after my Saturday shift two weekends ago, I turned to the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for a recipe. There, Phil Ward's Terrible Love from 2013 called out to me for the combination of gentian and elderflower liqueurs worked rather well in The Root and the Flower and the Prieure de Sion. Once mixed, the Terrible Love shared a grapefruit and smoke bouquet. On the palate, the pear-like flavor from the St. Germain on the sip gave way to smoky agave and earthy gentian on the swallow with an orange and floral finish.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.
drink & tell: a boston cocktail book
A collection of drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore). Follow the buzz on D&T's Facebook fan page!