Alright… this one got delayed by the holiday. It was handed off to me for a look over, and then I spent several days mixing drinks and not posting… Consider it posted.
Ian and I have decided to try out some new drinks on the blog in the following way. One of us will propose a new recipe, without experimentation, and then we will post a description of it and how it turned out. Hopefully this will result in interesting drinks, or, at least, interesting failures. [Those who do not know this man miss out on the horror factor of what he is saying. – Ian]
Recently I found a bottle of Sour Cherry Syrup, and so I wanted to use it in something. It has a very strong flavor, so I thought it might work well as an accent to a sour of some sort, and I settled on Gin as providing the relevant dry balance. The recipe that I ended up with was:
1 1/2 Ounces Gin
1 Ounce Lime Juice
1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup
2 (large) dashes Sour Cherry Syrup
1 (large) dash Herbsaint
1/2 Egg White
Shaken hard and strained into a cocktail glass with a cherry –
This wasn’t bad, though it could use some tweaking. The combination of Herbsaint and Sour Cherry Syrup was excellent, though the quantities basically overwhelmed most of the gin and lime flavors, and the simple syrup was probably unnecessary. The pale pink color was surprising – I was expecting something darker in color, but not unpleasant either. In the future I think it would be improved by either removing the simple syrup altogether and lessening the size of the dashes (they are large mostly because I wasn’t paying sufficient attention). Something like the following would probably have a better balance:
1 1/2 Ounces Gin
1 Ounce Lime
2 Dashes Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Sour Cherry Syrup
1 Dash Herbsaint
Depending on how this turns out it might be interesting to increase either the lime juice or the lime juice and gin together. Another way to solve the same problem would be to add the Sour Cherry Syrup to the bottom of the cocktail glass along with the cherry before straining the drink into it. This would probably be distinctive looking, but might leave the drink as a whole unbalanced at the beginning (and too sweet at the end). I think it’s worth a try as a variation, at least.
The only problem with the drink so far is that the cherry and licorice flavors are overpowering the gin and lime flavors, so once those become a little better balanced (and I think the simple syrup is the main culprit here) the drink should be very nice indeed.