Friday, January 15, 2016

h.s. special

1/3 Gin (1 oz Hayman's Royal Dock)
1/3 Sweet Vermouth (3/4 oz Dolin)
1/3 Dry Vermouth (3/4 oz Noilly Prat)
1 dash Swedish Punsch (1/2 oz Kronan)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry (omitted) and twist an orange peel on top (garnish).

Sunday night after my shift found me perusing the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book where I spotted an interesting Perfect Martini recipe that added complexity with Swedish Punsch. The drink was created by bartender H. Seifert who had three recipes in the book, and this was his H.S. Special. Instead of leaving the Swedish Punsch as a dashed accent, I brought it a bit more forward to take up one-sixth of the pre-melt volume.
The H.S. Special gave forth an orange, grape, and juniper aroma. Next, the grape from the vermouths provided most of the sip's flavors, and the swallow shared gin, funky rum, and tea tannin notes.

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