Sunday, November 5, 2023

club garden

1 oz Scotch (Cutty Sark Prohibition)
1 oz Apple Brandy (Laird's Bonded)
1/2 oz Amaro Ramazzotti
1/2 oz Apricot Liqueur (Rothman & Winter)
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Sundays ago, I became inspired by Eric Alperin's Skid Row with its Ramazzotti-apricot combination. I first decided to swap out the Genever for a split of Scotch for how well it worked with Ramazzotti in the Black Scottish Cyclops and of rhum agricole for how well it meshed with apricot liqueur in the Rhum Agricot. While Scotch and agricole have worked well in the Two Worlds Sour and the Start of a New Road, the result here was a bit jarring. Therefore, I swapped out the agricole for apple brandy and was pleased with the results. Instead of naming it after a skid row of Boston, I named it after a seedy underworld operations during Prohibition and dubbed it the Club Garden after a famous speakeasy raided during Prohibition in 1932 across from the Boston Garden arena. The end result gave forth an orange, apple, apricot, and hint of smoke aroma. Next, caramel and orchard fruit on the sip flowed into smoky whisky and bitter apricot-herbal flavors on the swallow.

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