Monday, December 24, 2018

alaska from a parallel universe

2 oz Hendrick's Orbium Gin
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/4 oz Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry
2 dash Orange Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with lemon oil from a twist.
After a bit of socializing at the Hendrick's event at the Hawthorne, our group was summoned to experience their new Orbium Gin in the side room. Our boarding pass of sorts was checked by a clown who was treading on a balance ball all evening, and we were ushered into a well-decorated and surreal room of oddities including a duo of contortionists whose outfits combined into the eye on the Orbium's label when they stood next to each other. Orbium was created by Hendrick's distiller Lesley Gracie with quinine, wormwood, and blue lotus blossum extracts in the mix. The concept behind the first two ingredients were to draw parallels to the additional botanicals in two quintessential gin drinks: the G&T and the classic Martini, respectively.
Before the presentation began, we sauntered over to the bar where Jackson Cannon and Amanda Saladino were making cocktails. The one I selected was the Alaska from a Parallel Universe that was true to the Alaska from the Jacques Straub's 1914 Drinks book (calling for Old Tom Gin) and better associated with the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book (with Dry Gin) save for the addition of Palo Cortado sherry. Even at a quarter ounce, this sherry reshaped the drink greatly. Once served, it greeted the senses with a lemon and herbal bouquet. Next, honey and grape on the sip led into pine notes from the gin along with nutty and acid crispness from the sherry and herbal notes from the Yellow Chartreuse on the swallow with a quinine-tinged finish.

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