1.5 oz. Bols Genever
1 oz. Cocchi Americano
.75 oz. grapefruit juice
dash Peychaud's bitters
Shake all ingredients over ice. Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass.
The cocktail starts with a malted grapefruit nose, rich like marmalade. The drink could benefit with addition of lemon zest, but on subsequent versions, it seemed to overpower the already interesting aromas. The sip is light with a smooth mouthfeel and dry finish. There is a pleasant bitterness from the Cocchi Americano and Peychauds that lingers on the palate after the swallow when secondary flavors of juniper, bitter orange, anise, coriander,cinchona, and other botanicals emerge. There is enough sweetness from the ruby grapefruit and the Cocchi that aid in overall balance. Bolster, means to buoy up or hearten, and we hope this cocktail will help you accomplish such in good form.