Wednesday, April 7, 2021

muff pistol

1 1/2 oz Half Moon Gin (1 1/4 oz Tanqueray Malacca + 1/4 oz Morin Selection Calvados)
1 oz Byrrh Quinquina
3/4 oz Grapefruit Liqueur (St. Elder)
1/2 tsp Branca Menta
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Wednesdays ago, I spotted a Negroni-inspired recipe on the ShakeStir site from Colin Shearn in 2014. He created the Muff Pistol for a Half Moon Gin competition there, and to replicate this gin with a fifth of the spirit being apple brandy, I replaced a small amount with Calvados. The name is a reference to the small flintlock guns carried by women and hidden in their hand-warmer. Once prepared, the Muff Pistol shot forth orange, grapefruit, and red fruit aromas. Next, peach and grapefruit notes on the sip recoiled into gin, apple, grape, minty, menthol, and allspice flavors on the swallow.

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