Saturday, July 11, 2015

Carmen Cavallaro

 If you notice over my last few posts with Bluecoat Barrel Reserve gin, I've been stirring the cocktails rather than shaking them. People say you can bruise gin by shaking ice crystals that melt into the cocktail. The effect is that it tastes watered down. Stirred cocktails are best when they are liquor heavy, which means you can do them with wines like vermouth and sherry.

Carmen Cavallaro is the famous pianist known for his light piano soloist style. That and the likelyhood that he enjoyed sherry are the only two links I can find between him and this drink. Sherry and oak notes are the stars of this cocktail with just a hint of orange from the curacao.
  • 2 oz. gin (Bluecoat Barrel Reserve used)
  • 3/4 oz. dry sherry
  • 3/4 oz. dry vermouth
  • dash curacao
Combine all ingredients in a shaker or mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass while listening to piano music.

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