Saturday, January 30, 2010

Big Apple Cocktail

Last week's TDN theme was Fruit Brandy where it was suggested: "Break out your kirsch, apricot eau de vie, applejack, poire william, or whatever other fruit-based spirit you can conjure up."  I took up the gauntlet and used both Kirsch and Apple Brandy in my entry:
Big Apple
  • 1½ oz Laird's BiB Straight Apple Brandy
  • ½ oz Strega
  • ½ oz Kirschwasser
  • ½ oz Amaro Averna
  • 2 dashes Boker's bitters
  • 1 dash Regan's Orange bitters
stir and let cook on the ice for a few minutes, there's a lot of high proof stuff in there and a little dilution is ok, stir again and strain
After I tried this it seemed to me reminiscent of a Manhattan, or one of the many Manhattan or Brooklyn variations named after New York neighborhoods.  Here's a nice roundup of them [alt link].  In this vein, and due to the apple flavor from the brandy, I ran with this theme and named the drink Big Apple, a nickname of the city we all know and love.

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