Broken English

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, April 19th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

Adapted from a recipe by Colin Shearn, The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.,Philadelphia.

60 ml (2 oz) Beefeater 24 gin

30 ml (1 oz) sweet vermouth

15 ml (.5 oz) Strega

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Fernet Branca

1 teaspoon Bénédictine

2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

1 grapefruit twist, as garnish

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

gaz sez:  I must say that I like the name of this one.  Reminds me of one of my all-time fave albums by Marianne Faithfull.  There’s an absolutely filthy track on there called Why’d Ya Do It.  Check it out.As for the drink, well, this one is just plain weird.  But it works so darned well.  Beefeater 24 plus sweet vermouth make sense, right?  Adding Strega isn’t that much of a stretch, either.  But to then add Fernet AND Bénédictine AND orange bitters AND Peychaud’s bitters, well, it doesn’t make much sense on paper, but it sure as hell works well in a glass.

This is one of those recipes in which measuring ingredients properly is essential—and bear in mind that I’m a free-pourer of long standing.  One slip of the hand on this one, though, and the whole thing falls down and goes bump.  Build it properly and you get a whole symphony orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 in your mouth.  There are cannons exploding here, kettle drums pounding over there, and cymbals crashing all over the place.  Colin Shearn sure as hell has a weird brain, though. . . .

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