Sunday, June 19, 2011

MxMo LVIII: Favorite Niche Spirit

Thanks to Filip of Adventures in Cocktails for hosting this month’s Mixology Monday. Filip’s theme is Favorite Niche Spirit, and he’s challenged us to post a drink based on something other than the standard options: gin, rye, bourbon, rum, etc. Friends reading this might expect me to do an aquavit post, but I’m suddenly inspired by a bottle of Maraska kirsch. It’s an assertive and fairly funky cherry eau-de-vie, and I thought it might stand up to and compliment the strong nut flavors of amontillado.

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  • 2 oz kirsch
  • 1 oz amontillado
  • 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Amarena or other sweet, dark cherry garnish.

A complex, dry cocktail. The sherry seems very forward at first, but the kirsch becomes increasingly pervasive. The dessert cherry gives some contrast at the end but still relates to the cherry and almond notes in the drink.


  1. Rowen, a most intriguing cocktail. The combo sounds killer, I love sherry and I'm sure kirsch just adds to it. Did you feel there might be a need for a bit of sweetness? Lovely cocktail none-the-less, I'll have to give it a go tonight.

    Thanks for the MxMo submission.

  2. Thanks! Sorry I didn't get to this comment earlier. (Seeing family in NYC and things have been intense.) This packs a pretty big aromatic punch and I liked the dry nuttiness. (Dry nuttiness is a prevailing tone around here.) The richness of the garnish at the end gives some sugar on the last sip or so.


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