Thursday, May 6, 2021


2/3 Scotch (1 1/2 oz Kavalan Whisky)
2 dash French Vermouth (1/2 oz Noilly Prat Dry -- next time 1/2 oz Dolin Blanc)
1/2 Blood Orange Juice (3/4 oz)
1 dash Maraschino Liqueur (1/4 oz Maraska)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Two Thursdays ago, I ventured back into Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 and spotted the Solace in the whisky section. The recipe seemed like a Blood & Sand that had been modified with related ingredients akin to what was done in the Sand & Blood. Once prepared, the Solace offered up a berry, cherry, and whisky aroma. Next, the berry-orange of the specialty citrus filled the sip, and the swallow showcased smoky whisky and cherry flavors with a dry peaty finish. Over all, the balance was a touch dry with my interpretation of French vermouth as dry, so I would recommend making this drink with blanc instead (or bolstering the sweetness with perhaps a 1/4 oz simple).

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