Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ce Soir Improvisé

Who likes cocktail recipes? Little surprise I do. Found this in the current edition of Imbibe (this US magazine is a must for anyone that enjoys their drinking) and courtesy of a fortuitously stocked liquor cabinet, had most of the ingredients at hand, save for the Cynar. No biggie, just tag in Campari - pretty much another non-negotiable for boozers - and all's well.

If you're into Negronis or their Bourbon-bolstered relative, the Boulevardier, odds are you'll enjoy this. Rich, herbal and downright delicious, it's a base recipe I'm looking forward to messing around with more, not to mention exploring the world of cognac - territory that I'm shamefully not all that familiar with.

Ce Soir Improvisé
(Adapted - and frankly bastardised - from a recipe by Nicole Lebedevitch of The Hawthorne, as published in issue 37 of Imbibe magazine)

45ml cognac
22.5ml Campari
15ml yellow Chartreuse
1 dash orange bitters

Combine ingredients in ice-filled mixing glass and stir for 30 seconds until chilled and combined. Strain into a glass and garnish with a twist of orange.