Saturday, April 2, 2011

Forest Murmurs: Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur

And now for some brown booze in something really boozy. A cocktail that’s really about that smack in the head. For inspiration I just bought a bottle of Zirbenz Stone Pine liquor, which I’ve had several times in rum and rye drinks to good effect. I’m trying to figure out what it goes in. I won’t kid you—it tastes like a tree. This seemed at first like a cool characteristic for a liqueur and still does. It’s just that I want to understand how to make it play nicely with other flavors so that my guests don’t think it’s weird.

Which it is, a bit. But I like it. I want to show it off in all its weirdness. So let’s see—a little rye, a little ginger beer... a little falernum and this would taste exactly like pine cleanser. And not that boozy really.

OK—how about this one?

Forest Murmurs

  • 2 oz calvados
  • 1/4 oz Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
  • 1/4 oz pimento dram
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Lemon twist.

Sassafras tea and horehound candy. Boozy, woodsy, mellow.

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