Tuesday, July 9, 2013

[devil's curve]

1 1/2 oz Beefeater Gin
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I made our way over to No. 9 Park. There, bartender Tyler Wang mentioned that he had a few new cocktails to showcase. The one that grabbed me was an unnamed one that contained gin, falernum, and dry vermouth. Tyler did mention that he based the idea off of the Supreme, a rum, Bénédictine, sweet vermouth, and lemon drink. Later, it dawned on me that it shared some similarities with the Figure Eight that appears on their menu. Therefore, I dubbed it the Devil's Curve after a mathematical equation that generates a figure 8 in the middle when graphed. The devil aspect of the equation relates to how the figure 8 looks like the juggling toy called the diablo, and not to Satan himself; I will leave all other interpretations up in the air though.
The cocktail began with a lemon and juniper aroma. The lemon continued on into the sip with wine and other citrus notes. Next, the gin led off the swallow that ended with a tart and lingering clove finish.

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