Citrus Heaven

I was down in Florida over the holidays and it was a cocktail makers paradise. So many trees in the neighborhood where I stayed were sagging with tangerines, oranges, Meyer lemons. I couldn't help but help myself to some.

In homage to the season, we made a few drinks that were citrus forward including the classic Corpse Reviver #2 and what I thought was the yang to the Corpse Reviver, an orangey Averna cocktail. Dare I call it the Sleeping Beauty #2?

Corpse Reviver #2 (said to revive even a corpse)
1 oz gin
1 oz Lillet
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz lemon juice
dash of absinthe

Shake on ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Sleeping Beauty #2 (guaranteed sweet dreams)
1 oz gin
1 oz Amaro Averna
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz orange juice
dash of orange bitters

Shake on ice and strain into a couple glass. Garnish with bitters and orange peel.

Notes: you'll notice from the above photo that the drink portions are small. For a cocktail tasting, the trick to being able to try and test several drinks while still maintaining your sense of reason is to make one full drink and then spread it around to the group. Seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes it's nice to reinforce the adage.

The Sleeping Beauty is like the innocent, not-so-bright cousin of the Corpse Reviver. It's obviously sweeter and darker, but still has the herbal notes with the Averna (an Italian liqueur with herbs, roots, orange rinds and caramel) and a little counter balance of sweet with the orange bitters. When I make it again, I would like to try this cocktail with a tarter orange to see if it ups the sophistication a bit.

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