Friday, May 18, 2012

sunflower cocktail

3/4 oz Plymouth Gin (Farmer's Gin)
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass rinsed with absinthe (Pernod). Garnish with a lemon twist.

After the Naked and Famous, I decided to try another equal parts drink and one recommended by Devin of the Periodista Tales. Besides obscure Cuban drinks that take root in Boston, Devin is also a big fan of Sam Ross's work, and he recommended Sam's Sunflower Cocktail to me. The recipe appeared in StarChefs back in 2008, and, like many drinks from that year, it was not a big surprised that it contained St. Germain. With the absinthe rinse, gin, lemon, and orange liqueur, the Sunflower did have hints of being a Corpse Reviver No. 2 variation despite the name.
The Sunflower greeted the nose with lemon and anise notes that preceded a citrus sip containing lemon juice and Cointreau flavors. The swallow began with the gin's botanicals and St. Germain's floral notes and ended with a light absinthe aftertaste. Overall, the swap of St. Germain for Lillet Blanc did yield a Corpse Reviver No. 2-like drink, but it came across as a bit sweeter and more flowery.

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