101 Best New Cocktails: Henry Special by Carl White, Richmond, VA, USA
” Involving flames and moderate skill to prepare, the Henry Special is exciting to serve and satisfying to savor. Delight in a caramelized orange scent before tasting the darkly sweet bite. This full flavored original is mischievously smooth and potent.
“I got the idea after tiring of mixed drinks that attempted to disguise alcohol, usually unsuccessfully. Rather than dilute and mask the flavor of alcohol, why not celebrate the spirits? The Henry Special is my attempt at creating a sophisticated, smooth drink comprised only of hard liquors and liqueurs. This is for the people out there that enjoy drinks on the sweeter end of the spectrum. Cheers.” Carl White
50ml (1.7 oz) Cointreau
50ml (1.7 oz) Gin
Dash of Absente
2 small circular orange dials, as garnish
Shake over ice, and double strain into 2 or 3 chilled martini glasses. Serve neat. Flame two orange peel dials. Trace the glass rim with the dials before placing them into the drink as a garnish.
gaz sez: This formula results in about 270 ml (9 ounces) of cocktail, so be warned. Carl has come up with a great formula here, but since it calls for just one dash of Absente, if you try to make it in portions suitable for just one person, it’s pretty hard to make. All that said, though, the Henry Special is very special, indeed, and there’s just about enough gin in there to take the sweet edge off the liqueurs. I love the out-of-the-box thinking here.
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