Thursday, November 23, 2017

tuxedo cocktail no. 2

1 dash Maraschino (1 bsp Luxardo)
1 dash Absinthe (12 drop St. George)
2 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)
1/2 Dry Gin (1 1/2 oz Damrak)
1/2 Dry Vermouth (1 1/2 oz Noilly Prat)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a cherry (omit) and lemon oil from a twist.

After reading an article by Robert Simonson in the New York Times about the two Tuxedo Cocktail variations, I realized that I had never written up either here. Therefore, I reached for my copy of the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book and decided upon the second variation that came across like the Martini version of an Improved Gin Cocktail. Moreover, perhaps it was akin to a Moonshine Cocktail with orange bitters or a Silver with absinthe.
In the glass, the Tuxedo Cocktail No. 2 offered a lemon oil aroma. Next, a clean white wine sip with hints of cherry led into a gin, nutty cherry, and orange swallow with a light absinthe finish. With a touch of sugar from the Maraschino liqueur, the drink was a bit more rounded and not as stark as the classic fifty-fifty Dry Martini, and thus, easier to linger over without fear of it warming up.

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