Thursday, June 13, 2019

crazy crossing

1/2 Plymouth Gin (1 1/2 oz Tanqueray)
1/4 Noilly Prat Vermouth (3/4 oz NP Dry)
1/4 Dubonnet (3/4 oz)
1 dash Maraschino (1/8 oz Luxardo)
1 dash Van der Hum (1/8 oz) (*)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass; I added an orange twist.
(*) Since this aged brandy-based South African tangerine and spice liqueur is hard to source (I got mine at Julio's Liquors around a decade ago), substitute Amaro Montenegro, Mandarin Napoleon, or perhaps Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao.
Two Thursdays ago, I returned to the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book to see if there were any glossed over gems. There, I spotted the Crazy Crossing by F.G. Hunt that appeared like Ensslin's Submarine with Maraschino and Van der Hum as dashed modifiers (plus, this one was gin forward opposed to the Submarine being Dubonnet forward). In the glass, the Crazy Crossing provided an orange, cherry, and grape bouquet to the nose. Next, the grape sip gave way to gin, nutty cherry, chocolate, and tangerine flavors on the swallow.

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