Wednesday, December 30, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 41)

• This is the semi-final entry in a daily series that has been running since November 21.  To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned. If you missed any of them, just keep scrolling down and they'll appear.

I saved this one for the almost-last entry in the series because it is both the most difficult of the 41 cocktails to make and the most festive. And, since this is New Year's Eve, being festive is mandatory for most people.

Bear in mind that although you're using small amounts of the liqueurs to build this drink, there are seven of them, so it is potent. And, be sure the drink is iced.

STAR SPANGLED SPANNER

Technique is paramount to success in making this drink. Some mixologists suggest using a cocktail spoon, and very gently pouring the ingredients -- all of them thoroughly chilled in advance -- over the bottom of the bowl portion to guide their gradual entry.

1/2 measure green Chartreuse
1/2 measure yellow Chartreuse
1/2 measure cherry brandy
1/2 measure  creme violette
1/2 measure Triple Sec
1/2 measure blue Curacao
1/2 measure brandy

Pour the green Chartreuse gently into a tall, chilled wine flute, then with a steady hand pour in the Triple Sec to create another layer. The cheery brandy is the third layer, followed by the creme violette, the yellow Chartreuse, the Curacao, and then gently float the brandy on top. Gently serve, and repeat as needed.

There are variations on this recipe and, obviously, they create different looks. Here are several, all smaller and with fewer layers:

STARS & STRIPES

Pour 3/4 of a measure of chilled cherry brandy into a chilled shot glass, pousse cafe glass, or flute. Gently pour in 1 1/2 measures of chilled half-and-half cream for the second layer, and then 3/4 measure of blue Curacao.

UNION JACK

Pour one measure of chilled red maraschino liqueur into a chilled shot glass. Then, gently pour one measure of blue Curacao for the second layer, then one measure of chilled grenadine.

TRICOLOR

Pour one measure chilled creme de menthe into a chilled shot glass. Then, gently add one measure of Bailey's Irish Cream for a second layer, and finally one measure of chilled red maraschino liqueur.

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