Spirits & Cocktails

Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

Réveillon: Autumn in a glass

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Aug 18, 2008.

I was at Apothecary in Philadelphia this weekend (great place by the way -- highly recommended for the atmosphere and the cocktails) and I asked the bartender to make me a drink without citrus (I had had a few citrus cocktails already). He mixed up the Réveillon for me. Here's his recipe:

2 oz. Laird's 7 1/2 year Applejack
1/2 oz. Poire Williams (pear eau-de-vie)
1/2 oz. Pimento Dram/Allspice Liqueur
1/4 oz. Punt e Mes
Dash Fee's Old-fashioned Aromatic Bitters

Stir for 20-40 seconds on cracked ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass garnished with a cinnamon stick/piece of cinnamon bark.

My tasting note: This cocktail combines all of the flavors of Autumn into one experience. They say memory is closely connected to smell, and the aromatics of this drink brought me back through years of Novembers. I remember exclaiming "I want to serve this on Thanksgiving." Warm apples, pear, spice. For pie-cooling-on-the-windowsill drinks, there is none better.

I was slightly concerned about finding the Allspice Liqueur, but if you're interested in trying, Snooth can help out there:

http://www.snooth.com/wines/allspic...

I know, not about wine, but I had to share.

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Reply by Adam Levin, Aug 18, 2008.

What's Punt e Mes?

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 18, 2008.

It's a vermouth brand made by Carpano. I hadn't had it until now, but I've seen it in stores before.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Aug 18, 2008.

@Adam - its a point and a half

Sounds like a great cocktail, but, for most of us, it'd be cheaper to go to Philly than try to round up all those esoteric ingredients!

Putting Apothecary on the Philly list.

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Reply by boredwiththesea, Aug 18, 2008.

Speaking as the apothecary in question, all ingredients could be rounded up at any quality liquor store in New York (Astor Wines, LeNells, etc.) -- although we welcome any and all comers at Apothecary proper.

INRE: Punt e Mes, Carpano Antica could be employed just as well, and possibly Vya Sweet: but I personally love the bittered edge that only Punt e Mes has -- properly it's a mix between a classical Italian vermouth, and an amaro.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 18, 2008.

@RBoulanger -- yeah if you're not really interested in maintaining a personal bar I understand.

@boredwiththesea -- thanks again. I'm going to drop by Astor this week for sure to do some shopping.

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Reply by Philip James, Aug 18, 2008.

Sounds cool - but I agree with Rodolphe, I'm more likely to go to the joint than to make that at home. And i feel like if i walked into even a serious mixology type place in NYC they'd stare at me if i asked for it...

I may very well ask for "autumn in a glass" next time i'm in some high class bar like Little Branch or similar and see if they make anything similar...

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 18, 2008.

It's not my fault if you older folks have lost your sense of adventure.

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Reply by gr, Aug 23, 2008.

I'm with mark & boredwiththesea, the only part RBoulanger and I aren't sure we can find up here in Millbrook is the Applejack, and I can't think of several viable replacements for that (alternating the flavor a bit of course).

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Reply by gr, Aug 23, 2008.

PS, RBoulanger, Apothecary's already BEEN on your Philly list since I mentioned it months ago!

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Reply by WineGent, Aug 24, 2008.

I am always looking for a reason to get back to Philly.....Cheese Steak anyone?

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Reply by gr, Aug 24, 2008.

Now there's a wine pairing question. Which goes better with a cheez wit, Merlot or Chiraz?

That said, it's a long walk between Pat's & Geno's (or even the much preferable Jim's on South Street) and Apothecary.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Aug 27, 2008.

You'll need that long walk to burn off all the calories. Actually Merlot is my pick for Cheesesteak.

As for the Applejack, I am sure there's some in the cellar. We were just lazy. There always is with bootlegger's in the family...

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Reply by gr, Aug 27, 2008.

Yeah, it's totally actually the Pimento Dram whose availability I doubted, just brainfarted here.

Also, I'm not sure whether driving booze into PA without paying the Tax really counts as bootlegging. Most of us residents of the border cities do that regularly already...

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Aug 28, 2008.

@Gabe that's not bootlegging. I'm talking about the manufacture of apple jack during prohibition.

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Reply by gr, Aug 28, 2008.

I know, I know... I just left out he ;^> to let you know I was kidding.

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Reply by gr, Nov 27, 2008.

Mark, you told me you had all the ingredients for this when we met up on Monday evening. I take it that means that Astor carries Punt e Mes? Assuming so, that's on my shopping list for this weekend. Did you also track down the Fee's bitters? (I believe that it's easy to purchase online, if not.)

Have you tried it yet?

I'm going to do a version of this as a bottled cocktail for Thanksgiving this evening, less the pimento dram. What's a close taste analogy to that in your opinion? (I'm considering just dissolving some ground allspice, honestly...)

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Reply by gr, Nov 27, 2008.

Okay, here's my poor man's (ie, without access to anything but the PLCB and DE when in position of a vehicle from phillycarshare, and at the moment, not even the facility to guy some cinnamon sticks) version:


2 measures Laird's Applejack
1.5 measures Poire Williams
0.5 measure rosso vermouth (I used S. Orsola, which sucks, because I'm trying to use up the bottle)
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch allspice

This is the tester glass, so it's half normal volume. I'm about to make a bottle of it to take to Thanksgiving dinner, and I think that I will add 0.5 measures of 10 Cane Rum (mostly for the sugar) and some ground cloves, and garnish with a thin slice of apple.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Dec 1, 2008.

I was able to make one of these this weekend but I think I overdid it on the Calvados just a touch. I'll take another go at it and post my findings later.

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Reply by gr, Dec 1, 2008.

(Just for the record: the 10 Cane Rum was a mistake. I should have just accepted that I wasn't going to fill the 1 L bottle and walked away.)


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