Thursday, September 3, 2015

Quebec Cocktail (Revisited)

I'm circling back to this drink I made almost a year ago when I thought I had a good substitute for Amer Picon. It turns out that I wasn't too far off except mine wasn't bitter or dark enough.

A little about Amer Picon: it's not available in the U.S. and bartenders are trying to recreate its flavor and color for cocktails like this. Most are using a mild amaro, cola, bitter oranges, cloves. It's impossible to perfectly copy it. The bottle I brought back from Paris is Picon Biere, which the French use to make their cheap beer taste stronger. That's fine, and I liked it enough with soda. But I got it for cocktails or to have by itself.

That said, I think that there was a proportionality problem with this drink. It was too large, and didn't use the Canadian whisky to good effect. It tasted too much like root beer, which is a little of what Picon tastes like. I think a half ounce of vermouth and Picon each is sufficient to add flavor without overdoing it. This drink was so big I was tempted to transfer it into a coffee mug.
  • 3 oz. Canadian whisky
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 oz. Amer Picon
  • 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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