Friday, October 20, 2017


The name of this cocktail is as unexpected as the line from the Steve Miller Bands The Joker: "Some people call me Maurice." It's just not an especially sexy  or sophisticated sounding name. And I can see that this cousin to the Bronx Cocktail is not especially sophisticated, but more like a gateway gin cocktail. That said, much can be made of a juicy drink like this as long as there's some good ingredients.

First off, Caorunn Gin is this native Scotland gin with plenty of local botanicals to remind you that you've been away from good gin for too long. Then I opted to use Byrrh Quinquina instead of standard sweet vermouth to give the drink a whiff of violet bitterness.
  • 2 oz. gin (Caorunn used)
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth (Sole used)
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth (Byrrh Quinquina used)
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • dash Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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