A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance

  • 2.0 oz. London Dry gin
  • 0.5 oz. Blanc vermouth
  • 0.5 oz. Maurin Quina
  • 0.25 oz. Elderflower liqueur
  • Barspoon of absinthe
  • Dash of lemon bitters

Stir with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Recently when I want something without citrus but of a lighter profile I mix this one up. London Dry is not necessary as you could reach for a floral contemporary gin. The sweetness from the elderflower is offset by bitterness from the vermouth and quina (which both offer a little sweetness as well). The absinthe just takes it to another level.

I could say something about drinking too many and losing that delicate balance, but this drink is better than that, even if I am not.

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