Brian emailed me this recipe:
1.5 oz Mellow Corn 4-year old whiskey
1.25 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz Cointreau
2 tsp orgeat
1 dash of Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters
The Glen Thunder plays nicely with citrus, so I decided to use this as a jumping off point. I didn’t have orgeat (pronounced or-zat, from the Italian orzata, meaning almond), so I woke up this morning with the idea to substitute Velvet Falernum. Sweet, with almond and orange blossom notes, the Falernum also has some fall-friendly spices, like allspice and clove.
For the event on Saturday, I need something unfussy that I can pre-batch and serve up, without a garnish (though I may break down and go with an orange peel). Here’s how it went down:
The as of yet unnamed cocktail:
1.5 oz. Glen Thunder
1 oz. Cointreau
0.5 oz. Velvet Falernum
1 oz. blood orange juice
0.25 lemon juice
dash Angostura bitters
I combined all of these over ice, stirred and strained into a rocks glass. On Saturday, the delivery vehicle will be plastic.
Sweet and citrusy, with the right amount of spice, here’s hoping it will help sell some booze!