|Looks pretty. Tastes less so.|
Personal Preferences: Something to kick off Friday Date Nite
Style of Drink: A stiff aperitif
Spirit of Choice: gin or vodka-base, fruit or citrus accent
Last Drink: Pimms Cup #1
It’s been a while since we had such a stinker. A true disappointment since the Tuxedo looks pretty good on paper. I made two versions. The one as prescribed by PDT, complete with the absinthe rinse and one without for The Partner’s licorice-averse tastes. I thought the cherry and the absinthe might work together. But honestly, unless you want a mouthful o’ licorice, I find nothing redeeming about absinthe. It’s simply impossible control in any way whatsoever. A “rinse” or a pour, there’s no difference; the result of which is to completely deaden the palate for any other flavor or nuance.
That said, even without the absinthe, The Partner was not a fan and with a couple sips off his bev, I have to say, this was not special enough to warrant making again. To his credit, he didn't whine about "these classic cocktails" and in this case he would have been well within his rights to do so.
2 oz. gin
1 ½ oz. dry vermouth
¼ oz. Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled, absinthe-rinsed coupe. Garnish with cherry & lemon twist.