Thursday, February 18, 2010

cherry blossom

1 1/2 oz Hendrick's Gin
3/4 oz Stock Maraschino Liqueur
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
2-3 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
On Sunday night, Andrea and I attended Eastern Standard's annual anti-Valentine's Day event. On the special menu were eight pink or red drinks. While Andrea went for something with tequila, I asked Bobby McCoy to make me the Cherry Blossom which he described as a variation on an Aviation. I surmise that this might be their original concoction for all other Cherry Blossom recipes that I found in my library and on the web were very different. Like an Aviation, the drink had a maraschino nose and sour cherry flavor; however, the Peychaud's, besides donating the theme-appropriate pink color to the drink, took the drink in a very different direction. We were glad that we showed up on the early side to this event and were able to have a drink at the bar before the place got packed. After that, we used our drink tickets for the beer and shot of Fernet Branca combo at one of the satellite bars they had set up around the room.


DJ HawaiianShirt said...

If Luxardo's flavor on a scale is a 5/10(random middle point) in terms of strength, how does Stock stack up? Seems to me that 1oz of Luxardo in almost any drink would pound all the other ingredients into submission.

frederic said...

Stock is lighter and sweeter. Dietsch in A Dash of Bitters describes them as, "The Stock is flat and sugary, with a bare hint of almond [while] the Luxardo is bright and vibrant, with a hint of almond, sure, but also with a deep and rich spice profile." And someone one eGullet made the comparison, "Stock is like the 'triple sec' to Maraska/Luxardo's 'Cointreau'."