Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Autumn True
1 1⁄2 ounces Toasted Almond No. 209 Gin*
3⁄4 ounces Orgeat
3⁄4 ounces Orange Juice
1⁄4 ounces Lemon Juice
1⁄2 ounces Egg White
1 dash Orange Flower Water
2 dashes Fee Bros. Old Fashion Bitters
2 ounces Soda Water
Combine all ingredients except soda in tin and dry shake. Shake again with ice, and serve neat. Top with soda garnish with sugar Pumpkin Spice Sprinkle and swirl.
*Toasted Almond Gin: Lightly toast 1 cup almonds over low heat. Add to 1 liter of No. 209 Gin, and let sit for 72 hours. Strain.
As many readers know, I am not a fan of gin. But when Distillery No. 209 sent me an email with “15 Days of Fall Cocktails,” I felt compelled to investigate (it’s my job, after all). Here’s what I found: more than a dozen cocktails with attractive autumnal names like Fall Sweater and Harvest Pie, as well as drinks that measured everywhere from “Ginnocent” to “Ginthusiast” on the “Gin Personality Scale.” So I perused the recipe to find what might be the perfect gin drink for me: The Autumn True. Great name, interesting ingredients (Toasted almond gin? Orange and lemon juice? Pumpkin spice sprinkle? Oh, yeah!). And it leans well to the “Ginnocent” side. Just right for fall.
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