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Morgenthaler’s Amaretto Sour

After all those Bloody Maries, I was craving dessert, so I decided to make Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Amaretto Sour. Since he serves it on the rocks, it’s technically an Amaretto fix, but why quibble? The basic recipe (I’m no historian, but the one I know) is 1.5 oz of Amaretto and .75 oz of lemon juice. I like to add Regan’s orange bitters, because they are light, and they add a pleasant orangey tang to the drink without killing the bright flavors from the lemon. Mr. Morgenthaler takes it in a different direction, modifying the liqueur with some cask-strength bourbon. In his recipe he uses Booker’s, and I just so happen to have some.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Amaretto Sour

1.5 oz amaretto (Luxardo)
.75 oz cask-proof bourbon (Booker’s)
1 oz lemon juice
1 tsp. 2:1 simple syrup
.5 oz egg white, beaten

Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with a lemon peel and brandied cherries.

I’m not always in the mood for an egg white sour, but it’s a nice indulgence once in a while. The bourbon added a pleasing oaky quality to the drink, and made it much dryer, but I didn’t think it was worthy of all of the braggadocio in the blog entry. Given a choice, I would probably pick this version of the drink over the classic. I like egg white drinks, but the use of amaretto as a base makes this drink so rich that the egg is almost unwelcome.

It was a very nice place to stay, and I will make it again, but even so, my quest for the perfect amaretto sour continues.


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Elephants Sometimes Forget

When I first acquired a bottle of Cherry Heering, I was excited by the prospect of a liqueur reminiscent of one of my favorite beers, Unibroue’s Quelque Chose. Alas, it sits on my bar, gathering dust, mostly full. Every drink that calls for it falls squarely in the cluster of gin, lemon, cherry, with minor variations, and a man can only drink so much cherry sour. Even so, the Elephants Sometimes Forget was a pleasing instance of this.

According to Webtender: Cherry Heering is a Danish cherry liqueur invented in the late 1700s or the early 1800s by Peter Heering. It is dark red and has a flavor of black-cherries that is not overly sweet.

In my experience it can taste medicinal in the wrong hands, but this drink was surprisingly dry and had no elements of cough syrup at all. Beefeater isn’t the most complex gin going around, but the juniper is still assertive, and it worked very well with the other ingredients. Still, with 3/4 oz of liqueur, everything else takes a back-seat to spiced cherries.

Elephants Sometimes Forget

1 oz gin (Beefeater)
.75 oz Cherry Heering
.75 oz lemon juice
.25 oz dry vermouth (Dolin)
dash of orange bitters (Fee’s)

Shake over ice and double strain

Truly serious Heering aficionados use it to venture into tiki territory, and I know that’s where I need to go, but the way is long. I need to find a way to incorporate this liqueur with an amaro.