Friday, August 17, 2012
Cocktail Wednesdays: The Asterisk
This week's cocktail, The Asterisk, is a twist on one of Scott's absolute favorites, The Last Word. On his actual birthday, we went out to dinner with friends, so on Wednesday, I made a birthday dinner and a chocolate cake, with this drink I felt sure he would like.
3⁄4 oz Brandy
3⁄4 oz Green Chartreuse
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
3⁄4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
Shake over ice, strain into a cocktail glass.
Note, I dialed back the lemon juice to 1/2 oz in deference to Scott's acid reflux, and we thought it was a good acid balance at that amount.
The verdict: We all liked this drink. It really demonstrated that the Chartreuse and the Maraschino are the primary flavors in both drinks, and that our palettes and perhaps our memories are not so refined, because we could hardly pick out the differences from The Last Word, without having it there to compare.
How well does your memory serve when you're trying to compare drinks? How about when trying to compare chocolate cakes, or replicating some secret family recipe?