Friday, April 16, 2010

perfect hand

1 1/2 oz Bols Genever
1/2 oz Aperol
1/4 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Dolin Dry
1 dash Bittermens Mole Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
For my second drink at Craigie on Main, bartender Ted Gallagher suggested a variation on Milk and Honey and Little Branch's Left Hand that he created. Here, Ted swapped one malty spirit (Bourbon) for another (Genever); in addition, the variation split the sweet vermouth in the Left Hand into the classical "perfect" half dry and half sweet vermouth, and the sharper Campari was exchanged for the lighter Aperol amaro. The Perfect Hand led off with an orange peel and malty Genever aroma. The orange oil on the nose prepared the mouth for the Aperol on the front of the sip, and the drink was punctuated with Genever's botanicals and the bitter's chocolate on the swallow.

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