Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: The Leap Year

Leap Year Cocktail

(Sorry for another iPhone photo. I've got to remember to buy those batteries!)

The Leap Year Cocktail comes to us tonight from Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book. Go take a look at the 12 Bottle Bar post on the subject to find out what the leap year had to do with the creation of the Savoy Bar. A hint: it has to do with a cheerful fact about the square of the hypotenuse.

Leap Year

2 oz Dry Gin
0.5 oz Orange Liqueur
0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 Dash (tsp) of Lemon Juice

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The verdict: Despite the inclusion of orange liqueur and sweet vermouth, this drink is decidedly not sweet. I would say that it is sharp. Even though the Bluecoat Gin that we used is not as strongly flavored as, for example, Tanqueray, the gin and its juniper are the primary players here, with the orange and the vermouth feeling like notes within the gin. For me, the lemon was really in the background. Scott could only take one sip, as he immediately felt like this drink would give him heart burn. This was especially striking to me as I know that he has had more lemon juice in the past without this much of a problem. Something about the flavor, in addition to the acidity level, contributed to his issue.

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