Thursday, January 20, 2011

Picasso Martini

Today we hauled out a pile of cocktail reference books and looked for interesting things. This is a tricky business: you have to find something appealing, interesting, and for which you have all the ingredients. The first one fitting these criteria we found, from Good Spirits by A.J. Rathbun: the Picasso Martini.

The good Mr. Rathbun credits Alston Chase with discovering The Martini Diaries, and this recipe therein.

  • 3 gin (we used Hendricks)
  • 0.5 Calvados
  • 0.5 coffee
  • 0.5 simple syrup
  • Garnish: two roasted coffee beans

Good and subtle--we liked the combination of gin and coffee, although the two were sequential rather than happening in parallel. We would back off on the simple syrup, but none of us are particular fans of sweet cocktails (unless advertised as such after dinner).

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