101 Best New Cocktails: Irish Mermaid by Massimo La Rocca, ListentotheIce.com
Adapted from a recipe by Massimo La Rocca, ListenToTheIce.com.
“The name Mermaid refers to the statue of the little Mermaid in Copenhagen, which is where this great cherry liqueur comes from. When I created this drink, the bar I was working at was very famous for afternoon tea. I wanted to start selling cocktails during those hours, so I decided to throw this drink right at the customers’ tables with a crystal teapot so that people would get curious about cocktails.
“The drink showcases the warmth of the beautiful Irish whiskey with the slight bitterness of the Aperol, perfectly balanced by the combination of cherry and almond flavours. Angostura gives it a nice depth, while the orange twist provides nice and fresh citrus notes to the cocktail.” Massimo La Rocca.
35 ml (1.17 oz) quality Irish whiskey
10 ml (.33 oz) Cherry Heering
10 ml (.33 oz) Aperol
5 ml (.17 oz) orgeat syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 orange twist, as garnish
1 barspoon brandied black cherries, cooked and reduced in Cherry Heering, as garnish
Combine in a glass or crystal teapot and throw to create a beautiful froth. Strain into a chilled coupe and add the garnishes.
gaz sez: Superb! The Aperol and orgeat dance together all night in your mouth after drinking just one of these babies. Max: It’s almost like you know what you’re doing! J