1 1⁄2 oz Gin, Beefeater
3⁄4 oz Aromatized wine, Cocchi Americano
1 Brandied cherry (as garnish)
Instructions

Stir, strain, up.

Cocktail summary
Created by
Rafa García Febles, NYC.
Year
2016
Is the
author's original creation
Curator
Not yet rated
Average
3.5 stars
(5 ratings)
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Comments

<br />I think a more apt name for "Unfinished Business" would be "Work in Progress." Maybe they mean the same. Regardless, the drink as presented I rate as 3.0. The taste was O.K., but there was no zip (please excuse the professional jargon). I added a dash of Burlesque bitters and a small amount of orange zest, and those two minor changes made a big difference, giving it the missing zip.

I'm going to make this cocktail again, but I'll use a different gin, either The Botanist or St. George's terroir gin. Both bring overtones that are lacking in Beefeater gin. I hope that as others try this cocktail, they'll offer their opinions on "Unfinished Business" and provide suggestions to improve it. It is a cocktail that truly has "Unfinished Business."


The second time around isn't always better. I made "Unfinished Business" once more, five months later, not realizing I had commented on this drink already. However, my thoughts about "Unfinished Business" remain unchanged. Consequently, I rated it 3.0 again.

Two thoughts came to mind the second time around: (1) Use less gin or more Bonal to balance out the taste of the ingredients. As is, the gin overwhelms the other ingredients. Perhaps using a smoother gin, such as Knickerbocker, might help. I added a tad more Boanal, and that resulted in a better tasting drink. (2) Using the previously mentioned bitters plus the orange zest definitely help. There may be a better bitters than Burlesque; suggestions, anybody? I think using Cocchi Vermouth di Torino instead of Cocchi Americano may help. The former has more depth and overtones than the latter--but experience will tell.