Monday, January 21, 2013

royal jubilee

1/2 oz Becherovka
1/2 oz Apple Brandy
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
3 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a flute glass. Top with sparkling Malbec rosé wine.

Sunday two weeks ago, Andrea and I paid a visit to Bergamot when bartenders Paul Manzelli and Kai Gagnon were at the bar. For a drink I inquired about the Royal Jubilee, and Kai explained that the sparkler was in honor of the Queen of England spending her 60th year on the throne. Paul's explanation was about how the Becherovka's spice reminded him of Christmas, and Christmas reminded him of Friendly's seasonal Jubilee Roll; I think that Paul rather enjoys that explanation for it makes Kai shake his head and roll his eyes. Overall, the structure of the Royal Jubilee reminded me of Eastern Standard's Belle de Jour with its Cognac and Bénédictine swapped for apple brandy, Becherovka, and Peychaud's.
bergamot somerville cocktail royal jubilee
The Royal Jubilee showcased a fruity aroma in a rosé wine-grenadine sort of way along with anise accents from the Peychaud's Bitters. A crisp, carbonated sip presented the lemon and grape notes, and the apple and spice pleasantly rounded out the swallow.

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