Wednesday, May 30, 2018

who dares win

2 oz Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Kümmel (Helbing)

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a star anise pod.
Two Wednesdays ago, I reached for Clair McLafferty's The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book for the night's libation. There, I was drawn to the Who Dares Win by Scottish bartender Mike Aikman for it reminded me of an Army & Navy crossed with a Silver Bullet. Once prepared, it gave forth a spiced nose mostly from the caraway with perhaps lighter notes from cumin, star anise, and juniper. Next, the creamy lemon sip transitioned into gin, nutty, and caraway flavors on the swallow; moreover, towards the end, the star anise from the garnish seemed to infuse into the drink itself.

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