Tuesday, December 15, 2009

[grandma's nightcap]

1 1/2 oz Cognac
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
1 barspoon St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist
Last night after DJing, I went up the street with Andrea to Eastern Standard for dinner and drinks. After finding seats, I asked bartender Hugh Fiore if he had any new drink recipes that he would like to showcase, and he described the ingredients for this one (still without a name). I gave him the thumbs up since grape, orange, and dram combinations have worked for my taste buds in the past, and off he went to create my drink. The nose of the drink was very orangey from the Grand Marnier and this was brightened by the twist's oils. On the sip, the drink had a sweet and rich mouthfeel which was followed with the Allspice Dram spices hitting on the swallow. Surprisingly, the clove in the dram stood out more than the allspice perhaps due to some synergistic (or canceling?) interaction with the sweet vermouth or other.


SPS said...

I tried this recipe the other night first with Grand Marnier (excellent!), but then I switched things up slightly and used Clement's Creole Shrub orange liqueur. Delicious spiciness ensued. I highly recommend this minor deviation. Cheers!

frederic said...

I could see how Creole Shrub would add some pizazz to the drink. Although the non-name of the drink would have to change from a GrandMa(rnier) reference to something else...