Monday, October 14, 2013

lightly blighty

1/2 jigger Sherry (1 1/2 oz Lustau Dry Amontillado)
1/4 Lime Juice (1/2 oz)
2 dash Grenadine (1/2 oz)
2 dash Curaçao (1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Two Fridays ago, I opened up Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 and found the curiously named Lightly Blighty. Given the time period, the name fall into line, for Blighty is an informal and affection term for England or more commonly British soldiers of World War I and II. After having a drink from The Art of the Shim book the night before, this recipe seemed like a solid follow up. Once mixed, it offered a grape and candied orange aroma. An orange and lime sip transitioned into a nutty sherry swallow with a sweet orange peel finish. In my chosen proportions above, the Pierre Ferrand Curaçao took a larger role that I desired; perhaps reducing the amount to a quarter ounce or switching to a less intensely flavored liqueur like Senior Curaçao would work better here.

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