Tuesday, February 21, 2012

sleepy hollow

1/2 jigger Sherry (1 1/2 oz Lustau East India Solera)
Juice 1/2 Lime (1/2 oz)
1/4 jigger Sweet Vermouth (3/4 oz Vya)
1 dash Apricot Brandy (1/4 oz Rothman & Winter)
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

After the Hawaiian Room, Andrea wanted something lighter to drink and asked if I could find a sherry recipe. Having remembered a few decent sherry ones in Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933, I found and offered up the Sleepy Hollow. Generally, most associations with this part of Tarrytown, New York, have to do with the 1820 short story about Ichabod Crane. Indeed, during the drink book's time period, a silent film version of the story, The Headless Horseman, was released in 1922 that starred Will Rogers as Ichabod and could have served as the impetus for the drink's name.
The Sleepy Hollow greeted the nose with an apricot and sherry aroma. A lime and grape sip led into a delightfully sour prunish flavor on the swallow. We surmised that the prune aspect was from the apricot liqueur being influenced by the sherry, vermouth, and citrus.

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