His & Hers by Owen Westman, owner of The Collection Bar, Melbourne, Australia

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

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His & Hers
Adapted from a recipe for Valentine’s Day by Owen Westman, The Rickhouse, San Francisco (currently owner of The Collection Bar, Melbourne, Australia).

“Alas, in life we are faced with an array decisions, some of which have actual bearing on the course of our travels, and the destinies for which we live.  But ease thy heart, because this is not one of them . . . for within each option lies enough exhilaration and fire to deliver balance to even the most lovesick amongst us.” Rickhouse Cocktail Menu, February, 2010.

45 ml (1.5 oz)Plymouthgin or Russell’s Reserve Rye whiskey

15 ml (.5 oz) Bénédictine

7.5 ml (.25 oz) yellow Chartreuse

2 dashes house bitters

3 dashes raspberry eau de vie, as an aromatic garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled champagne coupe.  Top with 3 dashes raspberry eau de vie.

gaz sez:  I love the fact that this drink can be made with either gin or whiskey.  I did something similar in 2009 when, at a MOTAC event, I came up with the Plymouth Hoe (Plymouth gin, Grand Marnier, Navan vanilla liqueur, and Angostura), and then used the same formula substituting Maker’s Mark for the gin.  Worked perfectly.  The real genius in the His & Hers, though, lies in the raspberry eau de vie aromatic garnish.  It adds dimension to drink that, because of the two very complex liqueurs called for, already has a lot going for it.   Nice one, Owen.

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