Well, I’ve started this whole series, can’t stop now!
Tonight, as is usual on Thursdays, is Thursday Drink Night over in the Mixoloseum chat room. The theme is “muddled drinks” and the other day I had an inspiration. Like last night, it’s a chance to kill two birds with one stone, as the saying has it – this time, to present a new drink for TDN as well as to make one to honor somebody locally, Mr. Derek Brown.
The drink basically jumped almost fully formed into my head. I just made one, after posting it in the chat room, and people seem to like it! Kaiser Penguin was even kind enough to take a picture of it and let me use it:
Pretty, ain’t it?
3-4 leaves of mint
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton
3 ounces Dolin Blanc
1 dash orange bitters (Regans #6)
Lightly muddle the mint and Domaine de Canton in an old-fashioned glass. Add the vermouth, bitters, and ice. Stir gently to mix. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
In my opinion, this is a nice, sweet, light drink. I think it’d make a wonderful digestif or apertif. Someone else who made one (Chris aka DJ HawaiianShirt) said that it worked well with a “past its prime bottom shelf bottle of French vermouth”, so you have that, too. Others who thought it was too sweet (such as JohnTheBastard) I suggested additional bitters, though he went with a bit of tonic syrup and something else (I believe club soda).
[Fourth in a series of drinks named after bloggers, mixologists, and random others who'll hopefully be at Tales. The first post in the series is here.]