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Spice Up Your Cocktail With Gentian Root and Never Look Back!

I don't know why, but this week tons of customers have asked what cocktails I am drinking at this particular point in the planet's orbit.  The short answer is... lots. But, there is one new one, that I have to say I am enjoying the most as the rain comes down and we get a little closer to this amorphous concept called "spring." 

The White Nergoni

Besides the obvious color difference and Franco vs Italian component, there is something much more going on here, which you will see from the gentian root. What is gentian? A root originally from the Himalayas that is now found in southern Europe. Extremely bitter. In fact so bitter that can still be tasted if diluted with 58,000,000 times its volume of water. Wow! Originally used for it's medicinal purposes such as indigestion, heartburn and diarrhea. 

Now add to a cocktail and it takes on a life form rarely seen in human consumption. 

At Some Good Wine, we now carry two liquers based on the gentian root:

Suze d'Autrefois: $29.99

And for a few bucks less

Salers Gentiane Apertif: $22.99

Now here is what you are going to do:
2 oz London Dry Gin
1 oz Gentian Liquer
1 oz dry vermouth
Couple drips of bitters (preferably orange from bittermens)

Shake and pour over ice with an orange twist.

The Gin peeps through with subtle herbs that gets punched in the face with the gentian. The coldness of the ice makes all flavors circulate and twirl in the palate becoming irresistible and almost addictive. Watch out. After a few, the effects are somewhat dreamlike -- and believe you me, you will have some weird dreams -- and meditative. 


There you have it. Email or call with any questions.


All the best,
Jeremy

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