Monday, February 13, 2012

green line

1/2 Seagers Gin (1 1/2 oz Knockabout)
1/6 Gronsteldt Swedish Punsch (1/2 oz Kronan)
1/6 Dry Vermouth (1/2 oz Noilly Prat)
1/6 Orange Juice (1/2 oz)
1 tsp Bols Blue Curaçao (1 tsp Senior Curaçao + 1/2 drop blue food coloring)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

After the They Shall Inherit the Earth, Andrea wanted a Swedish Punsch drink that would utilize our unopened bottle of Kronan. For inspiration, I opened up the Café Royal Cocktail Book and found the Green Line. Just like the Bluebeard's Passion, the Green Line proves that drinks containing blue Curaçao are not necessarily cheesy; perhaps the 1930's British aesthetic assists in giving the recipes some dignity. The Green Line, of course, is not named after the subway line here in Boston but a train line in London that was converted from the Metropolitan Line into their subway's Green Line 1933.
While I do not own blue Curaçao, the addition of food coloring converted our ordinary clear liqueur quite well -- perhaps too well given its potency; indeed, it paired up with the orange juice to create the intended green hue. The Green Line began with a citrus and rum aroma that led into an orange and dry vermouth's grape flavored sip. The Swedish Punsch notes started the swallow that ended with the gin's botanicals. Overall, the drink was similar to an orange juice-laden Suedoise; aesthetically, that drink's orange color was much easier to process than the Green Line's artificial hue.


Jordan said...

How's the Kronan? It's on the OR price list for next month, so I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a bottle.

frederic said...

It's well made with nice rum, tea, spice, and Batavia Arrack notes. It is rather light on any citrus elements though (which is prevalent in other Swedish Punsches I have tasted). Eric Seed commented that it works best in recipes that include a citrus component to make up for that.

It's a bit pricey at $30/bottle (about what I can get Batavia Arrack for) but worth it.