Monday, August 24, 2009

the 1820

1 3/4 oz Bols Genever
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lavender Simple Syrup (*)
1/4 oz Galliano l'Autentico
1 barspoon Del Maguey Minero Mezcal
1 dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Besides the historical recipes served at the Bols event, one new one was showcased. It was the 1820 created by Misty Kalkofen in homage to the year that the current Bols Genever recipe was invented. The 1820 made a lot of news in the late spring when Misty served it for guests at the prestigious James Beard Awards event. The recipe mocked us at home for we lacked not only a bottle of mezcal but the specific one she used as well (not to mention the newer Galliano formulation). Alas, at this event we had the opportunity to both taste the cocktail and have it made by Misty and her colleagues at Drink. The 1820 was a little astringent with some malty sweetness to it. The aftertaste had a weird but not unpleasant rubber note to it which we surmised was from the Del Maguey Minero Mezcal. Some review's tasting notes seem to support that assumption.

(*) To make the lavender simple syrup, see this post. Misty recommends twice the lavender (or follow my recipe but use 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar). I am not sure if fresh lavender translates to the lesser amount that I used and dried lavender to the greater amount that Misty must have used in the off season to develop this drink.

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