Friday, March 23, 2012

Speak Low

I went to a big party in December, a potluck at a house I’d never been to before and didn’t know the crowd. But I figured nothing succeeds like liquor so I made up a batch of a room temp cocktail I’d spotted on Cocktail Virgin Slut, Creole Lady. It features Madeira, my favorite wine of that sort. As it happened, my hosts had invited someone else who felt the same way more than somewhat, and she was my best customer. What’s more, she started ordering Creole Lady all over town. Must’ve been the recipe and the Madeira I’d made it with, a Blandy’s 5-year Malmsey. I’ve used the same for this original cocktail as a foil for some apple brandy and a trace of smoky scotch—my favorite personal invention in a while. Sending this one out to the fellow party guest who likes Madeira.

Speak Low
  • 2 oz Laird’s straight apple brandy
  • 1 oz Madeira
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/8 oz or scant tsp Ardbeg Single Malt
  • 1 dash Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters
  • tiny pinch sea salt
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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