Monday, October 3, 2011

The Turkish Market

Just playing around at home:

1 1/2 oz French brandy (VSOP at least, XO if possible)
1/2 oz apricot liqueur (only the superb Rothman & Winter, please)
1/2 oz chai-spiced red vermouth (I'll link later... Speakeasy provides a good recipe meanwhile)
1/2 oz passionfruit juice

Stir over rocks in a cocktail glass.

A nice, spicy cocktail with a good backdrop of tropical fruit.  Could certainly add a dash of dark rum if using a lighter brandy.  The name is derived from a drink we used to serve at the restaurant where I work, the Turkish Sunrise - a kind of Tequila Sunrise with pomegranate liqueur.  This is a darker, dustier interpretation.

Passionfruit juice is an astoundingly flexible ingredient, although it can be tough to find.  Check your local co-op for now and we'll discuss it later.

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