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Master of Cocktails - The Chrysanthemum

by Ben Ellefsen     6. January 2014 12:16

Master of Cocktails The Chrysanthemum

Happy New Year! Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. No #Dryathlon for us, thank you very much.

If though, like us, you've had an entire Christmas of rich stuff and beery nonsense, you'll be happy to learn that all through January we're going to be preparing some slightly lighter cocktails. All January's drinks will be *under* 2 units.

This is quite a challenge in itself – most cocktails contain at least a double-measure of strong booze, but nevertheless. We're not cheating and making small drinks either. These are all proper-sized, delicious cocktails.

So, without further ado – this week we made a 'Chrysanthemum'. If the combination of the name and low ABV are making you feel uncomfortable, don't worry. It's got absinthe in it. Mmm...

Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum ingredients

You’ll be needing these...

List of Ingredients

  • 50ml Noilly Prat Vermouth
  • 15ml Bénédictine D.O.M. Liqueur
  • 5ml St. George Absinthe Verte
  • A dash of Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6
  • Orange Peel
  • So – first up – sling a coupette glass in the freezer. In it goes.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum glass in freezer

    Now measure 50ml of Noilly Prat Vermouth.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum Noilly Prat vermouth

    Pop this into a stirring glass over a good-sized handful of ice. Note how the ice freezes the vermouth because of its lower ABV. Be pleased with yourself. Science.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum ice

    Next you’ll be wanting 15ml Bénédictine.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum Benedictine D.O.M. liqueur

    As well as 5ml of the fabulous Absinthe Verte from St. George Spirits.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum St George Absinthe Verte

    And a dash of Regan's Orange Bitters.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum Regan's Orange Bitters

    Now, give it a quick stir.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum stir

    Then strain the drink into your pre-chilled glass.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum strain

    Finally, express a (small) orange twist over the top, and discard.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum orange peel expressed

    There we have it. The Chrysanthemum. Botanical-heavy, appetising, well-rounded, and low-alcohol.

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum



    Right – for next week's drink, I'm going to need you all to suspend your natural sense of indignation for a second...

    Successfully suspended?

    Good then. Here are the ingredients:

    Master of Cocktails Chrysanthemum next week's ingredients

    Next week, you’ll be needing these...
    Disaronno and... a lemon.


    Comments (2) -

    1/6/2014 5:19:32 PM #

    The Chrysanthemum was far and away the frontrunner as "favorite low-alcohol cocktail of bartenders" when I was researching The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level. So much love for this beauty!

    Dinah Sanders United States

    1/7/2014 12:48:38 PM #

    Oooh ooh ooh - I have your book!

    The Chrysanthemum idea came from the PDT book (quantities modified a bit), but I was thinking about hitting The Art of the Shim up for the final cocktail of the month. Maybe something with Sherry (got a lovely Palo Cortado to experiment with). What's your fave drink in that bracket?

    Ben @ Master of Malt United Kingdom

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