Sunday, February 22, 2015

yeomen warder

2 oz Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1/4 oz Cynar
1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

Two Tuesdays ago, I reached for my copy of Death & Co. Cocktail Book and spotted the Yeomen Warder in the stirred gin section. This Martini variation was crafted by Phil Ward in 2008, and I figured that it would have work for Mixology Monday "That's Not a Martini!" if it were not for the Baton Rouge that I had made three nights before. Yeomen warders are the official guards at the Tower of London, so I figured that keeping the Beefeater Gin identity (with the guards on the label) was important symbolically here. Overall, the recipe fell between Craigie on Main's gin Brooklyn, the Montmartre, and Death & Co.'s Grand Street.
The Yeomen Warder offered a nutty cherry aroma with hints of juniper. A white wine sip with tinges of cherry gave an almost kirsch-like aspect to the sip. The swallow then showcased a combination of gin botanicals, nutty Maraschino notes, and Cynar's herbal complexity.

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