Friday, January 13, 2012

libbey cocktail

2 dash Raspberry Syrup (1/4 oz)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)
1 liqueur glass Dry Vermouth (1 oz Noilly Prat)
2 liqueur glass Brandy (2 oz Courvoisier VS)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I added an orange twist.
For a nightcap two Tuesdays ago, I decided to make the Libbey Cocktail in Louis' Mixed Drinks from 1906. What seemed at first like a very simple cocktail turned out to be a quite enjoyable and elegant number. The Libbey began with orange and brandy notes that led into a dry sip that contained a light degree of fruit or berry flavors. The swallow then proffered the Cognac along with raspberry and orange notes. I was impressed at how the dry vermouth worked with the syrup to create some tangy berry notes at the end.

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