Thursday, September 10, 2009

24 martini

2 1/4 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
1 dash Bitter Truth's Beefeater 24 Bitters (sub Regan's Orange)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Twist a lemon peel over the top and rim the glass.
My second drink at the Beefeater 24 release event at Drink was one of the drinks created by Beefeater to showcase their gin's botanicals. The drink contained Lillet and lemon oil from the twist which synergized with the gin's citrus notes. Moreover, the cocktail's bitters were created by the Bitter Truth to emphasize some of the gin's botanicals. Tasting the bitters straight, they smelled rather citrussy and tasted like bitter citrus peel pith with perhaps some tea in the mix. Overall, the 24 Martini was pretty dry and was more grapefruit flavored than orange which was surprising since Lillet is an aromatized wine tasting more of orange peels than its other fruit components. Since the Beefeater 24 bitters are not currently for sale, Regan's orange bitters were recommended as a substitute.

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