Monday, August 12, 2019

improved & fancy

3 oz Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1/4 oz Maraschino (Luxardo)
1 bsp Absinthe (Kübler)
3 dash Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a Nick & Nora (coupe) glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.

Two Mondays ago, I was looking for something on the lighter side, so I reached for Drew Lazor's Session Cocktails book. There, I spotted the Improved & Fancy by Naren Young. I was somewhat confused by the name since Fancy refers to the 1860s-style update to the cocktail by adding curaçao and Improved refers to the 1870s-style update by adding dashes of Maraschino and absinthe to the mix. Here, unless the orange bitters are the curaçao part, the Fancy aspect is just the presentation.
The Improved & Fancy welcomed the nose with a lemon and nutty cherry bouquet. Next, white grape and cherry on the sip curtsied to nutty cherry and anise on the swallow.

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