Sunday Cocktail: Tuxedo #2.5

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Food & Drink

Followers of my Twitter feed @mepatterson may be familiar with my posting #sundaycocktails every week or so. I figured that, with the new blog up, I should start actually posting the cocktails somewhere more permanent, including links to where I found them, and any recipe alterations I’ve made. I’m also going to try and post them on Saturday so that you can make them at home on Sunday, just in time for your favorite Sunday night shows!

So, here’s the inaugural #sundaycocktails concoction!

The Tuxedo #2.5

cocktail-tuxedo25For my slight twist on the classic gin cocktail, I started with a foundation fromĀ the very excellent Savoy Stomp blog.

To be fair, I love the foundation drink as-is. But after drinking more than a few of those, I decided to toy with it a bit and see what I could come up with that might put a little bit different spin on the Tuxedo #2.

First off, I like my absinthe. I like it probably more than most folks, so if you’re really not big on the absinthe, feel free to drop back to the Savoy recipe and just use a “dash” instead of my boosting it up to a full 1/8 oz or more (I tried pushing 1/4 oz. absinthe, but that overwhelms the drink, so fair warning to ya).

Secondly, I felt like the dash of maraschino liquor vanished under the gin. Depending on what gin you use, your mileage may vary, but I switched mine up to a full 1/4oz.

Finally, I toyed around with the bitters, using Fee Brothers west indian orange bittersĀ and their grapefruit bitters. I really like this combination. You still get the delicious orange notes, but with many gins, I think the grapefruit bitters brings out a lot more of the floral quality, which adds some real magic to the cocktail. I omitted the lemon peel, as I felt like it just didn’t work as well once you have the added cherry and citrus notes, but feel free to try it with lemon peel yourself.

My take:

  • 1/4 oz. Maraschino liquor
  • 1/8 oz. Absinthe
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers west indian orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
  • 1 1/4 oz. Dry Gin
  • 1 oz. French Vermouth (I used Dolin)
  • shake in a cocktail shaker, pour, and drop a Maraschino cherry in the glass

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