Monday, May 25, 2020

mac special

3/4 jigger Brandy (1 1/2 oz Courvoisier VS Congac)
1/4 jigger Rum (1/2 oz Plantation Xaymaca)
2 dash Cointreau (1/2 oz)
1 dash Grenadine (1/4 oz)
1 dash Lemon Juice (3/4 oz)

Add a touch of sugar (omit), shake with ice, and strain into a whiskey glass (cocktail coupe); I added a lemon twist.
On Monday night, I selected Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up where I spotted the Mac Special that seemed like a good follow up to the Soother Punch last night. Like the Soother Punch, it had a split spirits base, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon, but here there were just two liquors (leaving out the Soother's apple brandy) and the addition of grenadine. The Mac Special was the creation of Bill McDermott of Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, and once mixed up, it donated a lemon, orange, and Cognac aroma to the nose. Next, lemon and caramel on the sip led into brandy, rum, berry, and orange flavors on the swallow; overall, the rum and grenadine gave this Sidecar a bit of depth.

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