Bitter Blossom

1 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Antica Formula
1 oz Rye, Sazerac
12 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
3 ds Orange bitters, Fee Brothers Orange
Stir strain and enjoy, in that order
Dilution is your friend with this cocktail, dont be shy with the ice and the stirring and whatnot
I bought some st germain today just so i could try this out.. Its been stewing in my brain for over a day... Needs tweaking, methinks. COMMENTS PLEASE! or just email me, if you would...
From other users
  • a bit sweet... pretty good — ☆☆☆☆
  • Nice variation. Used 1.25 oz rye. Might try reducing St. Germaine slightly — ☆☆☆☆
  • Use 1.5 oz rye and add 1/4 oz benedectine. Makes very smooth and agreeable cocktail. Consider adding 1dsh peychaud's (or something) to amp it up a notch — ☆☆☆☆
  • 1.5 oz rye
  • Rated 4 by three people — ☆☆☆☆
  • Added the 0.25 oz Benedictine, subbed in 0.75 oz Punt e Mes for the sweet vermouth. — ☆☆☆
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sjdiaz21's picture

It's nice, David. Carpano is

It's nice, David. Carpano is definitely richer and more sophisticated than other vermouths. I made another tweak after trying this by upping the rye to 1 1/2oz, adding 1 1/2tsp of Benedictine. I like more of that spice and herbs that you get from the rye and herbal liqueurs, as the Antica can overtake easily with an equal portions. I love St. Germain, its great stuff and works well in so many different applications. Maybe an ovenproof rye like Rittenhouse would be nice as well. 4 stars.

purple gangsters's picture

very nice, indeed, i am a big

very nice, indeed, i am a big fan of the add more rye tweak, made it for my gf later that night and cut back the carpano for her taste.... benedictine, brilliant. ironically or not, i actually had benedictine on my list of things to buy next, literally.. next. i really appreciate the feedback.i was actually eyeballing "dante's requiem" a few nights ago..... that is actually one i would rather try at work.. i know a few people that would appreciate it... i will absolutely let you know. thanks again.

sjdiaz21's picture

Yup, work is how I make 90%

Yup, work is how I make 90% of all the drinks I want to try or create, though my home bar has become pretty respectable over the years. It's far easier to do it that way, and you can transfer the costs to R&D if your accounting is set up that way. Dante's Requiem is definitely more adventurous of a cocktail. I love Yellow Chartruese but green is a bit more touchy, like when using absinthe and Branca....well, you have to like Branca, even a couple dashes is potent for most. ( I've found that a couple dashes is about an 1/8 tsp or so). as for Benedictine, it's well worth the cost for home, it's just wonderful stuff. We use it in or Manhattan here. By the way, way more fun than cooking, David, ha! Cheers!

Per the comments I did 1.5oz

Per the comments I did 1.5oz rye (templeton) and 1/4oz (that is 1.5tsp) Benedectine. No Fee's orange, had to sub with Regan's No. 6 Orange. Nice drink, but I wanted something more from it and added a dash of peychaud's. I'm not sure that was the best way to take it, but it is good. Will experiment with other additions or possibly track down some Fee's Orange. Very nice drink though, does the trick!

In 2013, the only readily

In 2013, the only readily available Templeton Rye was their 4 year old, which is light in body and somewhat sweet in taste. Your dissatisfaction with the outcome of your drink was, I suspect, the fault of the rye used, not the recipe. If you use Templeton Rye 6 year old (which came out in 2015 or 2016), you'll be much more satisfied with the resultant cocktail. In short, it will likely be what you were expecting from the recipe.