Wednesday, October 7, 2020

carre reprise

1 oz Rittenhouse or Wild Turkey Rye (Rittenhouse Bonded)
1 oz Courvoisier Cognac (VS Grade)
1 oz Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth (Cocchi)
1/2 oz St. Germain (St. Elder)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice, and garnish with a lemon twist.
In searching for the La Bicyclette recipe, I uncovered other recipes amassed by Jamie Boudreau using elderflower liqueur. The one that called out to me was a Vieux Carré riff created for St. Germain's Rob Cooper at a Tales of the Cocktail event perhaps circa 2007 or 2008. The drink was the Carré Reprisé crafted by Brian Miller then of Death & Co., and it later appeared in the 2012 Mr. Boston: 75th Anniversary Edition cocktail book without any attribution. The Carré Reprisé not only won the competition that year, but it impressed us in the glass over a decade later. Here, it proffered a lemon oil and Cognac blending in with elderflower aromas on the nose. Next, grape and a citrussy orchard fruit note on the sip parlayed into rye, brandy, and floral flavors on the swallow with a bitter finish.

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