May 5, 2009

On pink drinks that are not Cosmopolitans

Odds are, if you see someone drinking a pink liquid out of a cocktail glass, it's a Cosmopolitan. Especially if that someone looks like they're in the target demographic for "Sex and the City." There, are, however, many other drinks that are served up in a cocktail glass that are pink that are NOT Cosmopolitans, and tonight I feature one. It's called a Juniper Club Cocktail, and like last night's Ranglum, it comes via that remarkable cocktail blog, Oh, Gosh. As you might expect from a drink with "Juniper" in the name, it features gin, and it's similar to the Pegu Club cocktail featured previously. However, this one adds a little twist with the use of Peychaud's bitters.
Juniper Club Cocktail

1 1/2 oz dry gin
1/2 oz lime juice
1/3 oz Cointreau or some other good triple sec
1 barspoon Peychaud's bitters
1/2 barspoon sugar syrup

Shake all ingredients together and double strain into a cocktail glass.
The Peychaud's bitters make this really quite unusual. They're a bit sweeter and more elusive than Angostura bitters...they're also very red, which is where this drink's color comes from. I used my local Rehorst gin here, which is pretty strong on the juniper and other herbs, and through some strange transformation, one of the most prevalent flavors I get from this drink is a sort of coconut...which is very unexpected, but very welcome. I'd be very interested to hear how this plays with other gins that you may have on hand. Let me know if you try it!
Juniper Club Cocktail


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