Wednesday, August 29, 2012

white rose cocktail

1 jigger El Bart Gin (1 1/2 oz Farmer's)
Juice 1/4 Orange (1/2 oz)
Juice 1 Lime (1/2 oz)
1/2 jigger Maraschino (1/2 oz Marasca)
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with ice. Strain into a wine glass (I used a cocktail glass).

Two Fridays ago, I was flipping through Hugo Ensslin's 1917 Recipes for Mixed Drinks and spotted the White Rose. I was curious for the orange, lime, and egg white combination worked rather well in the Milord Gower, and balancing the tart gin base with Maraschino worked well in Ensslin's Aviation. I modified the recipe to be a little less Maraschino driven and also used Marasca which is lighter than Luxardo's liqueur.
The White Rose's bouquet displayed an orange aroma and surprisingly a rose-like one; I attributed the latter to be from the Maraschino liqueur combining with the other ingredients. While the sip was a creamy orange-lime flavor, the swallow offered gin and Maraschino notes. Finally, the drink ended with a floral finish perhaps from the elderflower in the Farmer's Gin's botanicals.

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