Friday, November 2, 2012

friends of trees

1 oz VSOP Calvados
1 oz Byrrh Grand Quinquina
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz Cardenal Mendoza Spanish Brandy
1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1+ dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a wine glass. Twist a lemon peel over the top.
The drink that Andrea started with at Laurelhurst Market was the Friends of Trees featuring Byrrh, a French red wine-based quinine-containing aperitif that Eric Seed has helped to free from its Europe-only designation. The cinnamon syrup in the drink joined with the lemon oil on the nose. The Byrrh and perhaps the Spanish brandy and dry vermouth contributed a wine flavor to the sip, and the swallow was a rich apple and cinnamon combination. Overall, the Friends of Trees made for an excellent Fall drink.

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