Monday, November 24, 2014

Four Score

This is a case of a cocktail trying to do too much. Between the unhealthy color from the blend of cognac and Chartreuse and the overwhelming wave of flavors from the Lillet and Chartreuse, I am having trouble enjoying this. That said, I love each ingredient independently. They just don't mesh as well as they do in the Loraine. It wastes the Corvoisier that I used in this as a base. All ingredients are complex. It needs a vodka thinner just so one can come through.
  • 1 1/2 oz. brandy (cognac)
  • 1 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 oz. Chartreuse
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon rind.

I don't know what to make of the allusion to Abe Lincoln. Of course all three ingredients were available during his life--proprietary labels, not just ingredients--which in itself is impressive. But it feels like a Gettysburg in my mouth with all the liquors vying for dominance at the same time. In the end the Chartreuse wins, but in a way all of them lose. The best thing I have to say about this is that I got a great photo and a buzz from this drink.


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