Tuesday, April 7, 2015

you is or you ain't

1 1/2 oz Langley's No. 8 Gin (GrandTen's Wireworks)
1/2 oz Suze Gentiane Liqueur (Salers)
1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse

Build in a rocks glass, add ice, and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Two Mondays ago, I was scanning the ShakeStir recipe database and spotted what was described as a White Negroni crossed with a Gin Manhattan. The drink was the You Is or You Ain't by Daniel Rutkowski of Middle Branch in Manhattan that he created for the site's basketball Final Four-themed contest, and I was drawn to it for it reminded me of an earthier Puritan Cocktail.
The You Is or You Ain't greeted the senses with a grapefruit aroma with hints of herbal notes. A light honey and wine sip gave way to gin, earthy, herbal, and floral flavors on the swallow. Indeed, I would definitely watch more basketball if this libation was being served.

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