Thursday, September 30, 2021

not even the rain

1 1/4 oz Gin (Bombay Dry)
1 1/4 oz Fino or Manzanilla Sherry (La Gitana Manzanilla)
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Apricot Liqueur (Rothman & Winter)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Thursdays ago, I was inspired to riff on the Poet's Dream after thinking about how well Benedictine and apricot go together that I first noticed in the Silk Road Sour. Besides adding apricot liqueur to the classic, I swapped the dry vermouth for a dry sherry. For a name, I kept the poet theme and dubbed this one Not Even the Rain after a line from an ee cummings poem. In the glass, the orange oil mingled with the apricot and pine aromas. Next, orchard fruit and crisp white grape notes on the sip cascaded into gin, herbal, and apricot flavors on the swallow.

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