Friday, May 2, 2014

Cocktail du jour: The Smoked Rose

New glassware calls for a new and interesting cocktail. We've been on the hunt for small martini glasses and coupe glasses for a while and I finally found the perfect ones last week at Sur la Table while we were on vacation in New York.

Yes, I know all kinds of things can be ordered off the internet but I'm convinced anything breakable would show up on our doorstep shattered into tiny pieces. Plus cocktail glasses are such a personal thing, the balance and thickness must be just right and for that you need to try them out in person. I'm sure I'm not the first person to stand in the aisle at Sur la Table toasting myself. . .

Coupe glasses were the traditional way to sip champagne back in the day and legend has it they were modeled after Marie Antoinette's voluptuous assets. They're making a comeback and chances are your next non-martini drink will be delivered in this newly trendy barware. Mr. C&G has been experimenting with coupe-appropriate cocktails and The Smoked Rose comes from the incredibly useful and well organized cocktail database, Kindred Cocktails.

The Smoked Rose combines two of my favorite things, Aperol and Scotch, and mellows out the taste of both with grenadine, lemon, egg white and some chocolate bitters. I was a little iffy about the egg white but it gives this rosy cocktail its light, foamy head and I'm convinced alcohol kills off anything that's bad for you. So raise your coupe to Marie, and be thankful plastic surgery wasn't invented yet or you'd be doubling the amount of ingredients below. Cheers!

The Smoked Rose
2 oz blended Scotch (Dimple Pinch)
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz grenadine
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 egg white
1 dash chocolate bitters (Fee Brothers)

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and dry shake to combine
Add ice to the shaker and shake until well chilled
Strain into a chilled coupe glass

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