Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The First Frost

Okay, so the first frost of the season happened a little while ago (at least where I live) but this drink was conceived in the spirit of cleaning out the garden.  In this case, the "garden" is my collection of one-off infusions.  It's an odd one, I warn you.

3/4 oz rosemary-infused vodka
3/4 oz butternut squash-bourbon liqueur
3/4 oz Tuaca
1/4 oz lime juice
1 dash Fee's Aromatic bitters (optional, but nice)

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, then garnish with a lime wheel.

Yes, there is a lot here that you have to make at home.  I'm no retailer, but there are approximately zero squash-infused liqueurs on the market.  We'll get into such things at a later date.  To me, this drink is entirely worth the effort, with a bizarre balance between the sharp rosemary flavor and the nutty, buttery squash liqueur mediated by Tuaca's rounded vanilla thing.  The lime juice is just here to keep things from cloying, tone it up or down per your preference.

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