Golden Promise by James Connolly, Defectors, Perth, Australia.

by Gaz Regan · Friday, June 8th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

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Golden Promise

Adapted from a recipe by James Connolly, Defectors, Perth, Australia.

“A twist on a Sazerac, using the grassy notes of The Macallan to work with the thyme syrup. Its floral nose also ties in well with the elderflower liqueur, and the Peychaud’s bitters ties it all together.” James Connolly.

5 ml (.17 oz)St.Germain, as rinse

5 ml (.17 oz) Thyme Syrup*

3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

60 ml (2 oz) The Macallan 12 Years Old scotch whisky

1 lemon twist

Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with the St. Germain; set aside. Stir the remaining ingredients over ice and strain into the glass. Squeeze the twist over the drink, then discard.

*Thyme Syrup: Combine 150 ml (5 oz) of sugar syrup (1:1)  with 10 g (1 teaspoon)  finely chopped thyme in a whipped cream canister. Charge with 2 nitrogen cartridges and shake for 1 minute. Release gas slowly and fine-strain into desired vessel.

gaz sez:  This drink is all over the place, and I think that James made a wise choice when he picked The Macallan as his base—it’s a solid enough bottling to keep the other flavors—thyme, elderflower and Peychaud’s, no less—under control.  This is a complex dram with a very sturdy backbone.

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