Saturday, January 22, 2011

Elevator Operator

The inspiration for this cocktail comes from a great bottle of handmade ouzo from my friend Debbie. It had been sitting in my bottom drawer at work with another Greek-themed liqueur, Persephonia (guess what flavor), waiting for an evening when I didn’t have to lug something else home too. Now that her package has arrived safely at the Lounge, it seems a pity not to have brought it back sooner. Both spirits are soft, graceful, complex. I particularly like the vanilla note that emerges on the finish of the ouzo.

Elevator Operator
  • 1 1/2 oz gin (Junípero)
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth (Dolin)
  • 1/4 oz ouzo
  • 1 dash orange bitters (Fee Bros)
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The housemate opined that this is Martini-like but richer, which it is. The slight haze from the louching of the ouzo reminds me of antique silver.

Very warm thanks to Debbie for her amazing booze. Now I get to come up with a cocktail for the other bottle of stuff.

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