This is one of my more ambitious creations.
We’ll call it The Midnight Train to Elderberry.
I cracked about 1/3 of a cinnamon stick in the mortar and pestle and poured 1.5 oz. Brandy on it to let it infuse while I prepared the rest.
After about 4 minutes, I combined the following into a mixing glass:
0.75 oz. Lemon juice
0.75 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
0.5 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar (for tartness)
Then, after the cinnamon and Brandy marinated for a total of roughly 5 minutes, I poured it through a fine strainer into the mixing glass.
Stir until sufficiently cold, and then strain over ice.
dash Angostura to taste.
Garnish with the rest of your cinnamon stick.
Note: My cinnamon sticks are probably not the highest quality, and I should have either cracked more, or used a better quality (AKA fresher) cinnamon stick – maybe next time.
Review: Overall, the flavor was very good. I personally like vinegar, and I felt that the .5 tsp came through in all the right ways, and paired well with what little cinnamon flavor I did get. The Elderflower and Lemon really added a brightness that you can’t quite tell just by looking at it. I enjoyed it, and I’m glad I made it.
See you all next time! =]