Arriving at a bespoke cocktail bar, one doesn’t often want to sit down and order just a classic cocktail as a pick-me-up. The espresso martini is outdated and, all too often, excessively sweetened for one’s thorough enjoyment. Perusing the menu a cocktail catches your eye; gin-based, that’s becoming one of your favorites, with an all-natural coffee-based element, and a traditional liqueur as a sweetener. You order one, take a sip and sink into the back of your chair. This, you decide, is a cocktail I can drink anytime, any-place, anywhere. Whether I will be on a boat, just getting off of work, or just getting the night started off right.
Waiting in The Wings
- 2oz Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
- 2oz Bomani
- 0.5oz D.O.M Bénédictine
- Glass: Old Fashioned
- Garnish: None
- Method: Stir and strain over 1 large ice cube
Why This Cocktail Works
All of the ingredients in this cocktail come together to give it a full body The Bénédictine tapers off and the Bomani and barrel-aged gin, which finishes with notes of juniper and pepper, give this drink a dry finish leaving the drinker fully satisfied yet wanting to come back for more. Once the drinker thinks the flavors sensation is over the Bénédictine returns and gives the tongue just the slightest tap of honey, again enticing the drinker back into the glass.
Where and When
The waiting in the wings cocktail is perfect at both the beginning of an event or at the end of an evening and the end of the night. Combining sweetness with caramel and dry notes of a barrel-aged gin this cocktail can surely enliven the spirits.