Tuesday, April 6, 2010


1/2 oz Cognac (Château de Plassons VSOP)
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1 barspoon Raspberry Syrup (Homemade)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)
1 drop Bitters (Abbott's)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Four raspberries muddled in a spoon of simple syrup can substitute for the raspberry syrup.
Our second drink on Friday night came from the 1934 edition of Boothby with the curious name of Crepuscule (meaning twilight). The drink had a rather attractive color that reminded Andrea of tangerines. The smell also reminded us of citrus as it had a spicy orange aroma due to our bitters choices. The Crepuscule had a dry fruit flavor and would probably make for a better aperitif cocktail than our attempt at a nightcap. Moreover, with the dash of Angostura Orange Bitters complemented by the dry vermouth, the drink was surprisingly much more orange flavored than it was raspberry.

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