101 Best New Cocktails: Bodhi Nöel by Brian Nixon, Rose’s Luxury, Washington, DC, USA

by Gaz Regan · Friday, February 6th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Bodhi Nöel

101 BNC AppBrian Nixon, Rose’s Luxury, Washington, DC, USA

Bodhi Nöel Brian Nixon

“This is a play on a Classic Martinez. The flavors really play well with each other. I chose the name because Buddha gained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree which is actually an ancient fig tree and the Nöel is because on the nose this drink is reminiscent of Christmas in my mind,” Brian Nixon.

60 ml (2 oz) Ford’s Gin

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Carpano Antica Formula vermouth

15 ml (.5 oz) Fig Balsamic Vinegar

2 dashes Fee Brother’s Old Fashioned Bitters

1 flamed orange twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  This might be a play on the Martinez, but it’s a far cry from that original classic, and I think it’s the vinegar that makes all the difference here.  Best of all, the fig balsamic takes your attention away from the huge vanilla notes in the Carpano, and the choice of Ford’s gin is a very fine choice, indeed.  Well done, Brian.

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