Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Breakfast Cocktail

Rich, elegant, herbal. The housemate and I are of differing views on whether this is best with bitters or without. Good either way, though for me, the bitters adds an astringency that makes it and dries the whole thing down. But I suppose adjusting the ratio of Chartreuse to cognac would cut the sweet a bit while preserving what the housemate calls a roundness. I see his point.

The Breakfast of Champions, as a certain Vonnegut waitress tells us, is the Martini, though Dr Johnson notes that to be a hero, one must drink brandy.

The Breakfast Cocktail
  • 1 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1 – 1 1/2 oz cognac
  • 1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 tsp Poire Williams
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash Bitter Truth Creole Bitters or other aromatic bitters (optional)
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

For an old friend.

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