Wednesday, June 1, 2022

cruel to be kind

1 1/2 oz Tanqueray Gin (Tanqueray Malacca)
1/2 oz Bonal Gentiane-Quina
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz 2:1 Honey Syrup (3/4 oz 1:1)
1 dash Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a lime wheel (omit).
After my bar shift two Wednesdays ago, I ventured into Death & Co.'s Welcome Home book and was lured in by Al Sotack's 2014 Cruel to Be Kind. In the glass, it offered up grapefruit and pine aromas. Next, honey, grapefruit, lime, and grape notes on the sip led to gin, honey, and herbal flavors on the swallow with an allspice finish.

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