Monday, March 7, 2011

Bronxathon: The Maurice

In a cocktail like the Bronx where orange juice is a dominant ingredient, it seems to need some sort of bitter component to wed it to gin. The Maurice, yet another Bronx from the CocktailDB, is a slight variation of the Income Tax with pastis as an alternate ingredient for aromatic bitters. I like the Income Tax but I’m getting even fonder of the anise-scented Maurice. It’s dry, light- to medium-bodied depending on your vermouth, and more to my taste than something like the Monkey Gland. I upped the gin half an ounce and liked it just as much.

I’m beginning to hanker after a different white vermouth but have had no luck in the shops over the weekend. I tried doing this drink with an off-dry vermouth, Noilly-Prat Original French Dry, but it just didn’t come together.

The Maurice
  • 1 oz gin (1 – 1 1/2 oz Plymouth)
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth (Punt e Mes)
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth (Dolin Dry)
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1 dash aromatic bitters or pastis (1 dash St. George absinthe)
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. An orange twist is good for this one.

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