Sunday, January 31, 2016


This is such a pretty sounding drink, and when I made Joulouville with the finest ingredients and fresh fruit, it was an extremely classy drink. I'm not sure the inventor of this (French?) classic intended it to be so grand, rather more like a sour version of a Martini, but I stick with my decision. I used only my best barrel aged gin, which I figured would go great with real oaky apple brandy. Carpano Antica vermouth is more bitter than sweet, but it fought the lemon tartness just like a bargain sweet vermouth should do while adding earthy complexity.

The whole drink was a swing between citrus tartness and earthy herbal flavors from the gin and vermouth. There was an apple barrel mellowness as well. I have to say that here is a cocktail that reminded me of the best of French liquors--oaked wine, calvados, bitter herbs and lemon in perfect balance. Bon appetit!
  • 2 oz. gin (Bluecoat Barrel Reserve used)
  • 1 oz. apple brandy (Catoctin Creek used)
  • 1 tbsp. sweet vermouth (Antica Formula used)
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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