Monday, April 15, 2013

red nose

1 oz Beefeater Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 oz Jelinek Fernet
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Two Mondays ago, I stopped into Russell House Tavern for a drink. There, I asked bartender Bobby for the Red Nose that he described as a play on the Last Word. Instead of Green Chartreuse, they opted for Jelinek Fernet; compared to the better known Fernet Branca, Jelinek Fernet is less intense with a decent caramel note and lighter mint ones instead of a blast of menthol.
russell house tavern cocktail
The Red Nose proffered a Maraschino aroma that led into a lemon and cherry sip. The gin started the swallow that contained Maraschino flavors and minty, herbal notes from the Fernet. Overall, the Red Nose reminded me more of an Aviation than a Last Word proper.

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