Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Pendennis Cocktail: Peychaud’s bitters give it a light pinkish-orange tint.
This tasty tipple is named after its point of origin: the Pendennis Club of Lexington, Kentucky.
Most of us, when asked to name a typical Kentucky drink, will call the Mint Julep to mind. But now I can think of something based on gin as well.
What inspired me to try it was the bottle of apricot liqueur that recently began taking up real estate in my Little Lacquer Liquor Locker, a purchase I had made while traipsing around the Mistress of Sarcasm’s neighborhood. OK, apricot liqueur, strictly speaking, is not the same thing as apricot brandy... but this is Cocktail Geekery, not rocket science.
(As an aside, the Mistress lives in an interesting part of the Northeast. A simple trip to the hardware store and grocery involved traveling in three different states. Ain’t geography interesting?)
The other inspiration was the Greylock Gin that I had scored on that same visit. It’s made by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, a little operation just down the road (and across the Massachusetts state line) from the Mistress’s town. We had tried a bottle of their excellent bourbon - yes, Massachusetts bourbon! - last year, and the positive press they’ve been receiving for Greylock proved too difficult to ignore. Turns out it is a fine example of the London dry gin style, with some pleasant pine/spruce notes and maybe a hint of anise. Your biggest problem will be finding it unless you’re planning a trip to western Massachusetts.
The Pendennis Cocktail
2 oz gin
1 oz apricot brandy
Juice of ½ lime, freshly squeezed
2-3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Combine with ice in cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into (you guessed it) a cocktail glass. Park your ass in a big, overstuffed leather chair and sip slowly.