Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Red Light District

I'm sure there are a million drinks that go by the same name, but I wanted to add my contribution.

2 oz Damrak gin (I don't usually like to specify brands, but it's part of the namesake)
1/2 blackberry syrup
7-8 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 dash red wine vinegar

Stir over plentiful rocks in a small barglass.  Garnish with a brandied cherry if you like.

Damrak calls itself an "Amsterdam Gin", whatever that means, named after a city famous for its red light districts.  Peychaud's is found in many New Orleans cocktails, a city equally famous for revelry (less so since the disastrous hurricane, sadly).  The red wine vinegar is present to tart things up a bit.  Together they produce a delightfully dark and sultry red hue.

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