Thursday, June 10, 2021

Melancholy Summer (Death & Co. Recipe)


This might be my favorite summer drink in the Death & Co. cocktail book. At least it's my favorite so far and maybe the best combination of sherry, gin, cucumber and cantaloupe I've ever had. This is a cocktail that is so well constructed that every ingredient has a special part to play and you can appreciate them all at once. 

Manzanilla sherry is known for its funny, melon-like nose that makes it especially good to drink with cantaloupe. La Gitana is one of the best. 

Suze--a new aquisition--is a bitter gentian spirit that really grounds this drink with herbal bitterness as well as some citrus notes. 

Gin, MurLarkey or otherwise, is in here because it is more than a blank canvass that is vodka. Herbs and fruits are a big part of ImaGination and essential to making this amazing cocktial work. 

  • 2 cucumber wheels
  • 1 oz. Lustau Manzinalla sherry (La Gitana used)
  • 1 oz. gin (MurLarkey ImaGination used)
  • 1/2 oz Suze liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. cantaloupe juice
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. acacia honey syrup
  • 1 cucumber ribbon garnish

Muddle cucumber wheels in the shaker tin before adding the remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and double strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass (Coupe shown). Cut a cucumber wheel and spear it on a cocktail pick as a garnish. 

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