Thursday, December 25, 2014

Grandeur of the Season

Herald trumpets,
Holly berries,
Pine needles,
Spice cake,
Bright Christmas oranges,
And glass jewels for the tree.

Grandeur of the Season
1 oz cognac
1 oz pear eau-de-vie
1 oz ruby port
1 tsp Solerno blood orange liqueur
1 tsp Campari
1 tsp crème de cassis
1 dash Pernod
2 dashes pimento bitters
festive aromatic ice sphere

Rolling ribbons and great globes of grape and orange and berry.
Anise accents.
Gentle emerging pine and spice.
Opulence for jubilant jovial occasions.

Step 1: Festive aromatic ice sphere.

Add water to an ice sphere mold.

Arrange ginger coins, cloves and rosemary sprig (a bit of orange zest and red currants also welcome).

Add top and freeze.

Step 2: Mix the cocktail

Three spirits, three liqueurs, three accents.

Batch and bottle in the fridge days ahead for parties and something even smoother.

Measure 3 1/2 ounces per serving (1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon).

Pour over ice sphere in large balloon glass.

Swirl, take in the aromas and let dilute for 5-10 minutes.


Step 3: ???

There's still some left in the bottle. What's next? New Year's!