Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Julian Sorel (Death & Co. Recipe)


For some reason, Julian Sorel is called "the worst drink name ever," in the Death & Co. recipe book. I don't see why, exactly, though. It's named after the protagonist in The Red And The Black, by Stendhal. In my mind, that makes it a bit of a Scholarly French name. And Julian Sorel doesn't appear in the list of staff picks for worst names in "On The Naming of Cocktails" page of the bar book. Good name or no, Julian Sorel is a good idea.

It blends The Last Word with a champagne cocktail, which is an awesome idea--dare I even say "a genius-level move." If a Negroni can be crossed with a French 75, then why can't a Last Word be mashed-up with a classic French 75 with cognac. And it works surprisingly well. Best of all: it maintains the easy-to-remember proportions of The Last Word!

  • 1/2 oz. Courvoisier cognac
  • 1/2 oz. green Chartreuse (Dolin Genepy used)
  • 1/2 oz. Luxardo maraschino
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • dry champagne (Aria cava used)
  • 1 lemon twist garnish

Combine all ingredients except champagne and garnish in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish wtih the twist.


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