Sunday, October 14, 2012

tuxedo cocktail #3

1 1/2 oz Bols Barrel-Aged Genever
3/4 oz Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
3/4 oz Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth
1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I headed down to Eastern Standard for dinner. For a first drink, I asked bartender Kit Paschal for the Tuxedo Cocktail #3. This variation was created by Kevin Martin using the aged Genever from the Eastern Standard-Hawthorne-ICOB barrel and follows in series the Tuxedo #1 and #2 that appear in the Savoy Cocktail Book and earlier. The major changes in #3 from #1 and #2 were dropping the absinthe, cutting the dry vermouth with fino sherry, and swapping Genever for gin.
The orange twist brightened the Genever's malt aroma. The malt continued on into the sip where it mingled with the dry grape notes which I attributed more to the fino sherry. Next, the swallow contained the sherry, dry vermouth, and Genever flavors and ended with a smooth Maraschino finish.

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