Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Chocolate Soldier

This cocktail has an enigmatic name until you realize that Chocolate Soldier is a breed of peony that has this exact color. The color comes from Dubonnet Rouge, a rich--and appropriately chocolatey--fortified wine from France.

The other ingredient, besides lime juice, is gin. For this post I decided to show off my homemade bathtub gin. My first batch of the stuff was questionable: oversteeped and bitey, it had all the tannin and none of the freshness of a proper gin. I'm happy to say that this latest batch came out remarkably well.
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin (homemade used)
  • 1 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
 Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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