Surf & Turf Cocktail

While I don’t full understand the name of this cocktail, Surf & Turf Cocktail,  ended up being a delicious refreshing and light cocktail.  No aged boldness or spiciness to this one (though I’m sure this is quite evident given the ingredients).  As most of my cocktail experimentation is based on what my cravings are for the ‘flavor of the week’… this week of the flavor is Sherry.  In the past I’ve tried a few cocktails that highlight waayy too much of the smooth fortified wine flavor that sherry brings, in combination with vermouth that left you craving something ELSE.. but in this case, I find there’s a good balance with the use of a more flavorful gin, citrus and some bitters.  It’s an interesting take because on the nose, it’s a bit mysterious… You smell gin and lemon and orange and so your pallet expects these similar flavors.  However, your expectation of citrus and tartness gets thrown out the window.  The sherry and vermouth really just rounds out the cocktail in the rather refreshingly buttery kind of finish, [but not in the ‘what’s the smell coming from my chicken marsala kind of way you may be more familiar with in other sherry applications].  There is no lemon or orange tartness.. just pure smooth subtlety!  It’s a great apertif and one that I will most definitely make another day!

Surf & Turf Cocktail

Recipe is as follows:
1 1/2 ounce Old Tom Gin
3/4 ounce Dry Dolin Vermouth
1/2 ounce Fino Sherry
1/4 ounce Triple Sec (or Curacao)
1 dash Angostura
*if you care to garnish – 1 lemon peel

Stir over ice and strain into a coupe glass.  Garnish with lemon peel if you please.

Thoughts?