I'll stand by my comments back HERE
. I wouldn't call it "tricky" as much as I'd simply say it's a citrus forward gin, and predictably goes well in those applications. I love
the Bluecoat. Not just because it's made right here in Philly. Not just because it's made and marketed by friends of mine. But because it's REALLY GOOD
gin. Just not at all in the traditional London Dry mode.
If you're feeling particularly ambitious and feel like making a small batch of lavender simple syrup, try some Bluecoat in my Provençal Martini (aka the Panty Drawer because it smells like lingerie sachet
2.5 oz. Bluecoat gin
1 oz. Lillet
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. Lavender simple syrup
two dashes Fee Brothers Lemon bitters
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fat lemon twist that has had the oils expressed over the cocktail.
Lavender Simple Syrup
1/4 cup dried lavender
1 cup sugar
1 cups water
Bruise the lavender in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. Add sugar to water and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add bruised lavender leaves and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cool overnight and strain.
This drink was a favorite amongst the judges at the Bluecoat Bartender Battle in April 2008, but I won for "People's Favorite" with the Front Stoop Lemonade, a Thai Basil and Lemon Cordial lemonade with Bluecoat and soda.
Like I said. Bluecoat is a no brainer with other citrusy stuff in the glass. I think it might even be delicious in a Gin-Gin Mule, if far more subtle than a London dry. That might be worth a try too...
Edited by KatieLoeb, 23 January 2010 - 09:46 PM.
Katie M. Loeb
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