Friday, April 30, 2010

To Give You No Pain

Way back in March there was a grappa themed TDN,and for my submission I decided to play with adding back some of the fruit flavors the grappa gives up in the distillation of the brandy using Chambord.  I added some Cynar for a Italy-appropriate touch of bitterness and for some depth of flavor, and some lemon to add brightness which it needed.  Here's the result: 
To Give You No Pain
  • 1¾ oz grappa
  • ¾ oz Chambord
  • ¼ oz Cynar
  • ½ oz Lemon
  • 2 dashes Jerry Thomas Bitters
  • 1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters
Shake and strain into cocktail glass, orange twist garnish
I was having trouble coming up with a name, so I plucked a line from the song "A Horse with no Name" by America for the drink's moniker.
I subsequently decided that the drink finished a little flat and decided to do a bit more tweaking, so I added a couple dashes of things to round out the flavor and extend the finish a bit.  This could use still more tweaking, but this was a start.
To Give You No Pain #2
  • 1¾ oz grappa
  • ¾ oz Chambord
  • ¼ oz Cynar
  • ½ oz Lemon
  • 2 dashes Jerry Thomas Bitters
  • 1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters
  • 1 dash Fernet Branca
  • 1 dash absinthe
Shake and strain into cocktail glass, orange twist garnish

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