Wednesday, September 23, 2009

hugo ball

1 1/2 oz Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Cynar

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Andrea's first cocktail at the Grand Marnier event at Drink on Monday was a creation by Matthew Schrage of No. 9 Park. Matt named his drink after Hugo Ball, the author of the Dada Manifesto and a co-founder of the Cabaret Voltaire, and the meaning of his drink resided in its meaninglessness. Josie Packard took Andrea's order and set to work to craft this cocktail for her. When I had a taste, I noted how the sweet orange flavors in the Grand Marnier balanced the Cynar on the first part of the sip but still left a lot of its bitter bite on the swallow. To which Andrea replied that the Grand Marnier intensified some of the flavors in the Cynar but masked the artichoke notes.

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