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Bich's Special/The Great Secret- 2 oz gin, 1 oz Cocchi Americano, dash Ango bitters @localwineco @hendricksgin

Bich's Special:

1 Dash Angostura bitters
1 oz Kina Lillet (Cocchi Americano)
2 oz. dry gin (Small's)

Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze orange zest over cocktail.

Both of these cocktails appear in The Savoy Cocktail Book, though I was not able to find any information as to why they have different names, yet are comprised of the same ingredients using the same preparation techniques. While both recipes call for dry gin, we opted to use "alternative" gins in our recipes. If you are a stickler for authentic replication, Plymouth or Beefeater are both excellent and readily available options.


The acquisition of Cocchi Americano as our stand in Kina Lillet has led to a search for classic Kina Lillet cocktails to try in their "original" format (Vesper coming soon...). This one had a citrus nose from the gin, very clean, with forward notes of pine, juniper, and cardamom. The finish was a spice frenzy with the bitterness of the cinchona and warm-spice from the angostura which went well with the cardamom-heavy finish of Small's gin.

 



 The Great Secret:


1 Dash Angostura bitters
1 oz Kina Lillet (Cocchi Americano)
2 oz. dry gin (Hendrick's)

Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze orange zest over cocktail.

Hendrick's seemed a worthy candidate for a mysterious cocktail given its own curious nature. The nose is complex citrus from the zest and the Cocchi, each having their own distinct, yet similar oranges notes, and a touch of rose petals. The sip is very smooth and light with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Angostura and Cocchi Americano make for a good pairing and the combination  leaves a cinnamon warmth on the tongue.

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