Leeuwenhoek

My entry into the Hendrick's Beantown Bartender Battle in 2008. I had only been mixing for 2 years.
1 12 oz Gin (Hendrick's was what I used)
34 oz Lillet Blanc
12 oz Amer Picon
14 oz Kummel
1 twst Lemon peel (As garnish)
Instructions
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Notes
Slightly modified from the original 12 years ago by increasing the Lillet by 1/4 oz (to make the drink a perfect 3 oz) and swapping the volumes of Picon and kümmel.
History
My submission for the Hendrick's Beantown Bartender Battle in 2008 which was my first cocktail contest. The concept was to use 6 ingredients or less with a highlight on one of the 13 botanicals used in Hendrick’s. The botanical that I spotlighted was caraway seed via the liqueur kümmel. I wrote, "Given that Kümmel originated in the Netherlands, I named the cocktail after a famous Dutch scientist who invented the microscope -- after a few hours straight of using one of those, my mind definitely needs a drink…". Alas, I my recipe was not chosen to compete which meant that I did not have to finish writing my limerick to recite while making the drink on stage at Green Street for the judges. That day, I also learned that Dutch cocktail names that you can't spell or pronounce easily ought to be avoided.
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