Monday, March 12, 2012

the mute appeal

1 1/2 oz Laird's 7 1/2 Year Apple Brandy (Morin Selection Calvados)
3/4 oz Domaine de Canton (King's Ginger)
1/2 oz Averna
1/2 oz Pimm's No. 1
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Flame an orange twist over the top.

Two Saturdays ago, we started the evening with Phoebe Esmon's The Mute Appeal that Gary Regan wrote about in SfGate. Phoebe works at the Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, and just last month we made her Two Fold Operation. Similar to the Two Fold Operation, the Mute Appeal has a literary aspect to it for she was inspired by Robert Browning's poem "Paracelsus" that contains the line, "Autumn wins you best by this/its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay."
The Mute Appeal summoned forth an orange and apple aroma that prepared the mouth for an apple, fruity from the Pimm's, and caramel from the Averna sip. The swallow then rounded off the drink with ginger, brandy flavors, and a bitter complexity from the Averna.

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