Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bûcheron

Hmmm, it's been a while since I posted a new cocktail, busy with the holidays and all, so here's one for you, and I've got a few more coming when I get around to it.  Last week I joined the Mixoloseum crew for my first Thursday Drink Night in a while for TDN Europe, calling for drinks using an ingredient from Europe.  I took it further and tried to use many ingredients from Europe, as a quick glance around my bar showed how many options there would be to choose from.  Without further ado, this was my first drink of the night:
Bûcheron
  • 1 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz Calvados
  • ¼ oz Gran Gala
  • ¼ oz Green Chartreuse
  • ¼ oz maple syrup (grade B)
  • ¾ oz lemon
  • 1 dash angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters
Shake and strain
The Bûcheron is part Sidecar, with the maple/Chartreuse idea cribbed from Lumber Jacques, a theme that I've been known to play around with, although I didn't use ginger in this one to complete the trinity.  I also used Chartreuse in a Sidecar variation for the "Plus One" TDN a while back for my Smartcar cocktail.  I was told the Calvados gave the drink an Old-timey flavor, which I took as an endorsement. Oh yeah, Bûcheron I believe is French for lumberjack, if you are wonder where the name came from.

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