Thursday, February 18, 2021

European Union (Death & Co. Recipe)


This cocktail really tries to tie together a number of European spirits in a way that is inviting and familiar. The recipe is similar to a Martinez, or other rich gin cocktail with brandy-based spirits. Old Tom gin represents a quasi-British/ Dutch dominance of the gin-drinking culture, and Strega, while Italian, speaks for the entire Alpine region of central Europe. France is represented by calvados, but is here replaced by Laird's applejack-86. It isn't as dry and fusty tasting as some types of calvados but Busnel and Laird's are actually pretty similar.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Old Tom gin (Vitae used)
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. calvados (Laird's applejack-86 used)
  • 1 tsp. Strega
  • 1 dash hella aromatic bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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