Sunday, April 25, 2010

keep the doctor away

1 oz Rittenhouse 100 Rye
1 oz Laird's 7 1/2 Year Apple Brandy
1 oz Aperol
1/6 Gala Apple

Slice up apple wedge into a dozen pieces. Add rest of ingredients and shake hard with ice to muddle up the apple. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an apple slice.

For my last cocktail at Drink on Monday night, bartender Sam Treadway mentioned that he had come up with a variation of Hungry Mother's No. 47. Besides switching the whiskey from Bourbon to rye, Sam upped the apple quotient not only by swapping the Laird's Applejack (at 35% apple:65% grain neutral spirit) for the more intense Laird's 7 1/2 Year Apple Brandy but by adding muddled apple to the drink. Sam dubbed his variation "Keep the Doctor Away," although given the amount of raw apple in the drink, you might want to drink more than one of these per diem to have the math work out. Doctor's orders.
The Keep the Doctor Away's nose started with a sharp apple smell coupled with rye's spicy aroma. On the sip, the drink reminded me of a candied apple (although not as sweet) with rye and Aperol adding a nice spice level on the swallow. The rye and Aperol complemented the apple flavors quite well, and as the drink warmed up, it became sweeter to my palate and more rye heavy.


SPS said...

For us less affluent folks, the Laird's Bonded (100% straight apple brandy, yet inexplicably almost the same price as the blended Laird's) would also work in this drink. Kinda reminds me of something I concocted last winter - a riff on the Jack Rose with cognac, apples, lemon, and cinnamon syrup. I called it the Jacques Rose. Twas a good un. I'm gonna have to try this tonight. Thanks.

frederic said...

We alternate between getting Laird's Bonded and Calvados (Morin Seleccion) since both are around $21-22. Especially since Applejack started creeping up in price. Calvados is also easier to score that the Bonded.