Thursday, May 25, 2017

flopsy & mopsy

1 1/2 oz Hayman's Old Tom Gin
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Chamomile Tea Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
2 dash Angostura Bitters
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a few dried chamomile flowers.

Two Thursdays ago, I went with one of my coworkers after work to Backbar to catch Josh Cross' last shift in Boston before he returned to Baltimore. For the night, Josh assembled a list of his favorite drinks from his tenure at Backbar, and the one I selected was the Flopsy & Mopsy from the Spring 2016 menu. The cocktail's subtitle was from Beatrix Potter's 1902 The Tale of Peter Rabbit with "His mother put him to bed and made some chamomile tea," and the recipe structure reminded me a bit of a Pink Lady.
The Flopsy & Mopsy greeted the nose with pine and floral aromas that led into a creamy honey, malt, and lemon-filled sip. Next, the gin's pine returned on the swallow along with the Drambuie's honey flavor, and finally the finish shared muted allspice and clove notes.

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