Friday, March 4, 2016

sailor's delight

3/4 oz Laird's Applejack
3/4 oz Beefeater Gin
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
1/4 oz Orgeat
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass. Fill with crushed ice, "float" 1/4 oz Cherry Heering, garnish with a paper parasol and a cherry, and add a straw.

For my drink at Backbar, I asked bartender Kat Lamper for the Sailor's Delight that was a drink of the day earlier in the week. The recipe was created by Dan Braganca as his riff on Trader Vic's Fog Cutter. Instead of a light floatable ingredient like sherry in the classic or aquavit in the Viking Fog Cutter, Dan opted for the heavier Cherry Heering that created a Sunrise effect as it cascaded down the crushed ice like the liqueur in a Bramble. Moreover, instead of a Sunrise, perhaps a Sunset would be more appropriate, for Dan named this after the historical nautical saying, "Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; red sky at morning, sailors take warning."
The Sailor's Delight had a vague fruity aroma from the orange and cherry elements. The Heering did add cherry notes when the straw was near, but otherwise, the sip was grape, orange, and lemon flavored, and the swallow was apple and nutty. Stirring in the Cherry Heering so it took up the bottom third or so of the drink made the flavor profile more balanced than the dense layer once the liqueur settled to the bottom.

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