Wednesday, July 15, 2020

cat's eye cocktail

1 oz Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
1/2 oz French Vermouth (1 oz Noilly Prat Dry)
1/2 tsp Cointreau (1/4 oz)
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice (1/4 oz)
2 dash Kirschwasser (1 bsp Trimbach Kirsch)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass; I added a lemon twist.
Two Wednesdays ago, I began flipping through the gin section of Trader Vic's 1947 Bartender's Guide when I spotted the Cat's Eye Cocktail. The classic Martini structure with dashes of citrus and sweetener reminded me of a few drinks including the recently sampled When the British Came to Spain and the Journalist Cocktail. Here, the accents were lemon juice, orange liqueur, and cherry eau de vie. Once prepared, the Cat's Eye Cocktail blinked at the senses with a lemon and pine aroma. Next, lemon and orange notes curled up on the sip, and the swallow stretched out into gin, peach, and cherry flavors.

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