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Remember the Maine:
2 oz. Rye Whiskey (High West Double Rye)
.75 oz sweet vermouth (Vya)
2 barspoons Cheery Heering
.5 barspoon absinthe (Amerique 1912)
orange zest
This is a cocktail that everyone should try at least once in their life. It’s a bit like a dolled up Manhattan, with absinthe filling in as the bitters and the cherry heering adding a touch of sweetness for a perfect balance and additional depth. Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte is one of two absinthes offered by Great Lakes Distillery and is an excellent, highly aromatic chioce. We will have cocktails featuring their other abinsthe (as well as a Kirschwasser) in future posts. The High West Double Rye whiskey is proving to be one of our favorite rye’s, makes exceptional Manhattan’s, and it performs equally well in this drink. We first read about the cocktail on Oh Gosh, but it’s invention is attributed to Charles H. Baker and it’s history can be read in further detail at the Oh Gosh web page here.
Gallo Dulce:
1.5 oz rum (Cockspur)
.5 oz Cherry Heering
.5 oz sweet vermouth
.5 oz lime juice
dash Jamaican #1 Bitters (Bittercube)
Gallo Dulce:
1.5 oz rum (Cockspur)
.5 oz Cherry Heering
.5 oz sweet vermouth
.5 oz lime juice
dash Jamaican #1 Bitters (Bittercube)
Gallo Dulce:
1.5 oz rum (Cockspur)
.5 oz Cherry Heering
.5 oz sweet vermouth
.5 oz lime juice
dash Jamaican #1 Bitters (Bittercube)

1.5 oz gin (Bluecoat)
.75 oz. Pelinkovac
.75 oz. Lemon juice
.5 oz. and a dash Cherry Heering
1 egg white
Lemon zest
Cherry bark vanilla bitters (Bittercube)

Shake all ingredients without ice to get fluffy egg-white foam. Shake all ingredients with ice. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with bitters and lemon zest.

While working with Pelinkovac in previous cocktails, we thought it would make a good flavor pairing with cherry, hence the inspiration for this drink. The juniper heavy, American-made Bluecoat Gin seemed a worthy candidate to stand aside the bold bitter. Usually the farther from London you are, the less pronounced the juniper, but this Philadelphia company doesn’t tame things down for the American palate, though this isn’t to say that it’s harsh (especially considering it’s 94 proof) or single note, as there are rich citrus and herbal tones, gentian and citrus zest are most predominant with hints of cardamom and other botanicals
In our first attempt, we omitted the egg white, but the Pelinkovac was a bit astringent and dry on the finish, probably aided a bit by the high proof gin. The egg white proved to soften and round out the flavors for what we considered a more successful cocktail. There was a citrus cherry sweetness on the nose, juniper forward sip, a tart citrus and herbal wormwood/angelica/gentian bitterness on the swallow, with the extra dash of Cherry Heering keeping the bitterness from overpowering the drink. Bitter drink-lovers may choose to keep the Cherry Heering at a 1/2 oz. The citrus makes this cocktail lighter than other bitter (but delicious) drinks like the Negroni, making the Coat of Armor a good intro to Pelinkovac.

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