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The Chyrsanthemum: a Simple & Light Vermouth Cocktail

This three ingredient cocktail is as elegant as it is simple.  It allows vermouth, which normally plays a supporting role, to take center stage.  A wonder low ABV option that dates back more than 100 years.

A beautiful, tall coupe glass filled with a light amber-colored liquid and an ornate orange slice garnish that looks perhaps like a bird. The background has a chic apothecary feel.

Ingredients

2 ounces dry vermouth (we favor Dolin Dry)
1 ounce Bénédictine
Absinthe, to rinse

 

Method

Rinse the inside of a chilled coupe with absinthe, and set aside.  Add Vermouth and Bénédictine to a mixing glass with ice, and stir. Strain into the chilled coupe, garnish with an orange twice, or if you're feeling fancy, something like what you see here.  

Note: The classic spec calls for 3 dashes of absinthe added to the mixing glass, but we find that can be quite overpowering, so opt for a rinse instead. If you simply adore absinthe, try increasing to taste

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Spring Cocktails to Celebrate

Longer days, trees in bloom, and a warm breeze: Spring is here!

With it we're sharing these cocktails full of fresh, bright, spring flavors -- a great way to enjoy the tastes and aromas of the new season, and perfect for Spring occasions worth celebrating, both large and small. 

Whether that's spreading a blanket in the grass and sipping on an afternoon aperitif outdoors for the first time this year, or whether it's Passover dinner or Easter brunch, below are a few cocktails that are ready to meet the moment. 

These drinks feature interesting, harder-to-find spirits that offer fresh, herbal, and fruity tastes perfect for the warming weather palate.  Bonus: they'll help you enjoy all those delicious liqueurs on your home bar. (Or give you a reason to stock up if you're running low!) 

Orange cocktail in a coupe with a lemon wheel floating on top on a wood grain counter.

Ingredients:


1 oz St. George Absinthe Verte
1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Giffard Abricot du Roussillon liqueur
Fresh lemon for garnish

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice for about a minute. Double strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon slice or twist.

 

 

 

Pink colored cocktail in a coupe glass with floating blood orange slice on a wood grain backdrop. The name of the cocktail Citrus Bloom is at the bottom

Ingredients:

1 oz Amazzoni Gin
.75 oz Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur
.75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz blood fresh squeezed orange juice
chilled ginger ale
blood orange for garnish 

Method:

Combine gin, Saint Germain and the fresh squeezed juices into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.  Double strain into a chilled glass, then top with desired amount of ginger ale and float a blood orange slice on top.
 

 

Yellow hued cocktail in a rocks glass with ice against a navy backdrop. Cocktail name is Lazy Sunday.Ingredients

1.5oz Tromba Tequila
1.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz cinnamon syrup*
.25 oz turmeric tea**
club soda
grapefruit to garnish

 

Method

Combine first four ingredients into a metal shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass over ice, top with desire amount of club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

 

 

*make simple syrup with equal parts water and sugar, adding several cinnamon sticks to the mix. Let it steep 6 hours or more, strain out the solids and store in the refrigerator.

**boil 2 cups of water with 1 tsp ground turmeric powder. Simmer 10 minutes, strain and cool.

Credits:
Lazy Sunday recipe by Anna Maceda of Portland's Campana restaurant, via Liquor.com
Yellow Parrot recipe via Punch

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