Monday, August 30, 2021

prime directive

2 oz Plymouth Gin (Beefeater)
1 oz Blanc Vermouth (Dolin)
1/2 oz Benedictine
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist.

Two Mondays ago, via a mention on Kindred Cocktails I found a 2016 article of Star Trek drinks on The one that called out to me was the Prime Directive by Andrew Volk at the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club. According to the Star Trek Wiki, his drink made reference to "a guiding principle of Starfleet, prohibiting its members from interfering with the internal and natural development of alien civilizations... and from using their superior technology to impose their own values or ideals on them." The combination of ingredients reminded me of a blanc vermouth and Angostura Bitters version of the dry vermouth and orange bitters Poet's Dream.
The Prime Directive guided lemon, pine, and floral aromas to the nose. Next, white grape and a hint of caramel on the sip led into gin, chocolate, herbal, minty, cinnamon, and clove flavors on the swallow.

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