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Lucien Gaudin Cocktail 8 Jun 2011
1:10 pm

By mistake, I made this cocktail with sweet vermouth instead of dry vermouth. Luckily, it turned out quite delicious all the same. Is there a name for it?

Lucien Gaudin Cocktail 8 Jun 2011
1:18 pm

Having said that, though, I think the version with dry vermouth is more balanced and even better:)

Lucien Gaudin Cocktail 8 Jun 2011
1:21 pm

being a stickler for formalities, I used 3 parts gin, 1 part vermouth, 1 part campari and 1 part vermouth. I think the base spirit should make up at least half of the drink. And I added a dash of orange bitters too... Thanks, Mr Hess, for this inspiring episode of your show:-)

Lucien Gaudin Cocktail 8 Jun 2011
1:22 pm

Correction! Please read: being a stickler for formalities, I used 3 parts gin, 1 part vermouth, 1 part campari and 1 part cointreau. I think the base spirit should make up at least half of the drink. And I added a dash of orange bitters too… Thanks, Mr Hess, for this inspiring episode of your show:-)

Aviation Cocktail 13 Apr 2011
10:04 am

I would recommend the following recipe for an Aviation Cocktail: 2 oz Plymouth gin 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice 2 tsp Luxardo Maraschino liqueur Shake with ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Drizzle 1/4 oz The Bitter Truth crème de violette (straight from the 'fridge) over the cocktail. No garnish is needed (the crème de violette is sufficient garnish). H/t The New York Times

Japanese Cocktail 31 Mar 2011
4:45 pm

This is an excellent cocktail. Personally, though, I prefer Mr. Embury's recipe of 8 parts brandy to 1 part orgeat (2 oz brandy and 1/4 oz orgeat). With this ratio I think the almond flavour is still very noticeable, but not overpowering as in the 4 to 1 (2 oz brandy and 1/2 oz orgeat) that Mr. Hess provides. That said, this is really a matter of individual taste. My point, then, is that it is good to experiment with different ratios until you find the one you prefer. Thanks, Mr. Hess, for helping revive this wonderful cocktail!