Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mixology Monday - Golden Compass

When I invented this drink I didn't know there was a movie called Golden Compass. See, the drink is golden, and it's served at the Lion & Compass. Golden Compass. Get it?

Anyway, the theme for this Mixology Monday is Fruit Liqueurs and our generous host is Anna at Morsels & Musings.

The Golden Compass was one of my entries for this years' Grand Marnier Mixology Summit. Entries for the summit had to fall into the categories of dry, sweet, highball, or free-form. The Golden Compass was my dry entry. I wanted it to be a really dry, elegant aperitif and used the sweetness of the Grand Marnier for balance.

Golden Compass
.5 oz. Grand Marnier
1.5 oz. Plymouth Gin
.5 oz. Pinot Grigio
Healthy dash of Fee's Old Fashion Bitters
Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

The Pinot Grigio should be a really dry, crispy wine to make this drink work. I've also had good results substituting Lillet or Dry Vermouth for the wine. This is a good one for experimentation.

With a theme involving Fruity Liqueurs, I figure there will be an assortment of sweet and fruity concoctions to try. This one might just be a little different. Find out over at Anna's recap.


Blogger Stevi Deter said...

I'm drinking this right now, although using Harlequin, Broker's, Lillet, Peychaud's, and non-flamed orange twist, but really, really enjoying it.

This looks like a great "basic" recipe that gives a chance to experiment with different individual ingredients to see what combo you like best.

Thanks for the recipe!

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