Flor de Jerez by Joaquin Simo

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, May 26th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

This is one of 2011’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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Flor de Jerez

Adapted from a recipe by Joaquin Simo, Death & Co.,New York City.

“I wanted to come up with a drier aperitif cocktail that still had some bright fruitiness. Amontillado sherry isn’t as delicate as manzanilla, so I knew it could stand up to a base spirit being used as a modifier. I always get a big dried apricot note from the Appleton Reserve, so I echoed that note with the fresh fruit taste of Orchard apricot liqueur. Toasted almond notes and spice notes abound, and the drink stays dry due to the double dose of acidity between the sherry and lemon juice. A great example of a low-abv cocktail that doesn’t skimp on taste or complexity.” Joaquin Simo.

45 ml (1.5 oz) Lustau Los Arcos amontillado sherry

15 ml (.5 oz)  Appleton Estate Reserve rum

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice

15 ml (.5 oz)  Petite Canne Sugar Cane syrup

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Orchard apricot liqueur

1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake over ice and strain into chilled port glass or cocktail glass.

gaz sez:  A true cocktailian mind is at work here, and since I know Joaquin pretty well, I’m not in the least bit surprised to see that he’s come up with something that’s completely original.  This drink is like a first-class orgy—everyone is playing with someone else, and everyone comes at the same time.  It’s an explosion in a glass.

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