Bols Imperial- 1.25 oz @Bolsgenever @BolsPDX, 1.25 oz Lillet, dash each marschno,orange &ango bitter

Bols Imperial:

1.25 oz. Bols Genever
1.25 oz. Lillet
Dash maraschino (Luxardo)
Dash angostura
Dash orange bitters (homemade)

The cocktail above was a riff of The Imperial Cocktail ( recipe and photo below) from The Savoy Cocktail Book. The nose was classic Genever mead. It had a slightly spicy finish from the warm spices of cinnamon, ceylon, and the grains from the genever combined with the faintest hint of maraschino made for a very well-balanced cocktail. The bitters helped to tame the sweetness of the Lillet, as well as bring out the orange notes. The Lillet was much tamer than the vermouth, and represented just enough sweetness.







1.25 oz. Bols Genever
1.25 oz. Vermouth (Dolin)
Dash angostura
Dash maraschino (Luxardo)

The drink has a botanical juniper nose.fruit forward sip.
Greater sweetness level but sharper, not as smooth. Not a bad thing, just a different drink.

Seventh Heaven @Dr_Cocktail- 1.75 oz @DrinkEnglishGin, .5 oz Maraschino, .25 oz grapefruit juice, mint sprig

Seventh Heaven:

1 1/2 oz. Bols Genever
1/2 oz. dry vermouth (Dolin)
1/4 oz. Maraschino (Luxardo)
1/4 oz. Amer Picon (Torani Amer)
Dash orange bitters (homemade)

I recently received Ted Haigh's (Dr. Cocktail) excellent book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten cocktails. The recipes are an assortment of old and forgotten cocktails that (at least in PDX) are forgotten no longer. Many cafes, restaurants, and bars in the area have riffs of the Pegu Club, the Seelbach, and the Brandy Crusta as well as many others listed in the book. It is wonderful to see Dr. Cocktails influence reach so far. I started with a cocktail I had not heard of (and there are many in this book) named the Seventh Heaven.

Pleasant mint nose and juniper/botanical forward. The grapefruit mediates the funky maraschino and follows on the swallow to form a bit of a spiciness. I thought about the small cocktail glasses on the recent episode of Mad Men while pouring this cocktail. It only filled half the glass, as the older cocktails were often of much smaller proportions, meant

Beefeater 24 Gin

Tasting Notes for Beefeater 24 Gin:

Nose: Very similar to the classic Beefeater, strong juniper, classic gin nose, alcoholic

Taste: With the additional of Sencha Tea and Seville Oranges, this takes a departure from classic Beefeater, keeping up with the times and the slew of new high quality options for alternative gins by offering their own great example of a "new" gin. 

Finish: Cool Juniper Berry

Great for mixing though make sure it's paired with the appropriate flavors.