Tuesday, November 10, 2020

right hand

1 1/2 oz Eagle Rare Bourbon (Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
1/2 oz Arkansas Black Brandy (Morin Calvados)
1/2 oz Suze Gentian Liqueur
1/2 oz Cinnamon Demerara Syrup
2 dash Fee's Walnut Bitters (Strongwater)

Stir with ice, strain into a Nick & Nora glass, and garnish with oil from an orange twist.

Two Wednesdays ago, I selected Drinking Like Ladies and reconsidered the Right Hand created by Nicole Lebedevitch at Yvonne's in Boston. I had previously passed over it for I did not want to confuse things with the better known Right Hand, but this combination of whiskey, apple brandy, gentian herbal, and cinnamon was just too tempting. Nicole named it that for it was her tribute to Marguerite LeHand, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal assistant and confidant. LeHand was described as "the Swiss Army Knife of the White House" for her ability to multi-task behind the scenes.
The Right Hand donated an orange oil, Bourbon, and gentian bouquet to the nose. Next, apple notes from the brandy filled the sip, and the swallow displayed the Bourbon, apple, cinnamon, and earthy flavors with a walnut finish.

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