Wednesday, September 21, 2011

sands of time

1 1/2 oz Bols Genever
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz Pimm's No. 1
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Simple Syrup (by taste, approx >1/4 oz)
1 dash Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with marigold petals if in season.
Two Mondays ago, I paid a visit to Clio to sit at Todd Maul's bar. For a first drink, I spotted the Sands of Time off of their extensive cocktail booklet and I was curious as to how all of the fruity, bitter, and malty flavors would play out. The Sands of Time began with a floral and malty aroma that contained hints of cherry. The sip started with a lemon juice and Pimm's berry-like flavor; later, as the drink warmed up, malt from the Genever and cherry from the liqueur began to appear in the sip's profile. The Punt e Mes' bitter grape notes began the swallow that ended with the Genever's botanicals. Overall, I was impressed at how well the Punt e Mes paired with the Genever and was rather pleased at how the other ingredients as a whole smoothed out this spirit.

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