Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Chrysanthemum Cocktail Recipe


So at a trip to the local booze store, I stumbled across Benedictine.  They normally never stock being that's it's pretty standard grocery store booze options around there and I had always wondered what it was all about.  So I picked up a bottle.

I also picked up a bottle of Absinthe on the way to the register.
Because I still have both of my ears....

Benedictine has this legendary claim that only three people at one time knows the recipe.  It's a blend of 4 different distillations of various herbs and other aromatic items that create this mystery flavor. Notes of honey and vanilla, and then who the hell knows.
All I can say is it's quite tasty.  Just a bunch of liquor goodness.



I wanted to make a cocktail with Benedictine other than the popular "B & B" (which comes in a bottle and is the main way it is sold nowadays).  Another option was The Singapore Sling.  Great name, but had a bunch of fruit juice I didn't have and didn't feel like a Hawaiian tourist at the moment.  Maybe some other day.

Lo and behold, I discover the Chrysanthemum Cocktail.  It is one of the very interesting antique cocktails that I ran across on "the internets" lately.  You can tell it's a vintage cocktail from the huge amount of vermouth it contains.   And it requires Absinthe.  Perfect!!!!

2 oz dry Vermouth
1 oz Benedictine
1 tsp Absinthe

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a large orange peel wedge.



Be very very very careful with the amount of Absinthe you add.  I dared to add nearly 2 tsp and ended up with a licorice straight shot....

The final result of a correctly made Chrysanthemum is wonderful and goes with a rainy night.  Someday it will rain in Seattle.  I'm sure of it.

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