A lot of “b” cocktails lately. That’s in part because we’re going through the Savoy Cocktail Book in more or less alphabetical order. This one comes courtesy of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, so the fact that it begins with a “b” is just a coincidence.
If I’m a sucker for making this particular beverage, as the name implies, then so be it. Because it’s delicious.
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce apricot brandy
2 ounces gin
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
A tad on the sweet side, courtesy of the apricot brandy, the lemon juice tempers this just enough. I suppose the gin helps too, and although this drink is almost entirely spirit-based, with just a little juice, it doesn’t taste strong at all. “It tastes exactly like dried apricots,” said guest taster Hanna. The apricot flavor is definitely the dominant one, but this is another good example of a drink whose ingredients combine nicely to create a distinct flavor profile beyond their individual contributions. Four livers.