Thursday, March 23, 2017

Golden Rooster

This is a great, potent gin cocktail with lots of character. The name just suggests a farm, though apricot brandy and dry vermouth still seem a little too sophisticated for a farm. That's why I chose Sunset Hills Farm gin from Fredricksburg, VA. This is a citrus and floral gin that is similar to a London dry gin, except that there is a strong lime zest presence.

Strangely I keep thinking that orange juice or something else would help balance this drink and give it more color, but as it stands, there's a lot of herbal and spring flavors to keep you interested.
  • 2 oz. gin (Sunset Hills used)
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz. apricot brandy
  • maraschino cherry
Shake all ingredients except cherry with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with cherry.

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