Friday, June 29, 2012

Trifecta

The power of three.  Three ingredients, that is!  I'm a big fan of 3-ingredient cocktails.  Simple, classic, seductive, bold, precise, and always delicious.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Dragon Variation (created by Jon Santer)
1.5 oz. Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength gin
.5 oz. Dolin Blanc vermouth
10 drops Thai Chili Tincture
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled
Strain into a frozen cocktail glass

Jamaican Daiquiri
2 oz. Appleton V/X rum
1 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz. up to .75 oz. Cane Syrup
Shake well with ice
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Lime wheel garnish

Manhattan
2 oz. to 2.5 oz. Whiskey
.5 oz. to 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 to 3 dashes bitters
Stir well with ice
Strain into frozen coupe glass
Brandied cherries for garnish

Revolver (created by Jon Santer)
2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
.5 oz. Tia Maria
2 - 3 dashes orange bitters
Stir well with ice
Strain into frozen coupe glass
Flamed orange peel for garnish

Opera Cocktail
1.75 oz. Citadelle Gin
.5 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
.25 oz. Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
Stir well with ice
Strain into a frozen coupe glass coated with oils from an orange peel; discard peel
Squeeze a lemon peel over top of drink; drop it in

Whiskey Sour
2 oz. Whiskey
1 oz. lemon juice
.75 oz. simple syrup
Shake well with ice
Strain into a chilled sours glass or over ice in a rocks glass
Garnish with 1 brandied cherry and an orange wheel

X.Y.Z. Cocktail
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.75 oz Clement Creole Shrubb or Cointreau
1.5 oz Rhum Clement VSOP
Shake well with ice; fine-strain into chilled coupe glass

Kingston Shuffle
1.5 oz. Appleton Reserve
.5 oz. Dolin Blanc
.5 oz. Benedictine
1 healthy dash of Angostura bitters
Stir well with ice
Strain into frozen Coupe glass
Coat surface of drink with oils from large grapefruit peel; discard
1 brandied cherry for garnish

The Sgt. Pepper #2
1.75 oz. St George Botanivore Gin
1 oz. Strawberry-Black Peppercorn Syrup
.75 oz. to 1 oz. lemon juice
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into a frozen coupe glass coated with oils from a large grapefruit peel; discard the peel
half a strawberry coated with cracked black pepper, attached to rim of glass for garnish


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