Drink of the Day

January 5, 2007

Blame it on the rain, perhaps, but today’s drink involves another spirit that seems headed to relative obscurity: Kirschwasser. Kirschwasser is an excellent and unique spirit, made from crushed cherries which have been doubly fermented; however, despite the fact that it is sometimes made from whole cherries (including pits!) it is usually clear and has only a very subtle cherry flavor. Although Kirschwasser is not as hard to find as applejack, I am sure that in five to ten years, it will probably take a good bit of searching to find it in a liquor store in the US.

In today’s drink, the K.G.B. Cocktail, Kirschwasser is blended together with gin, for some surprisingly tasty results. While I doubt that this was actually a favorite of K.G.B. agents, I am sure that if they ever tried this drink, they would surely give it a hearty Очень вкусно (that’s tasty)!*

*note, this last sentence courtesy of a guest writer from Martha Stewart Living.

K.G.B. Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Gin

1/2 oz Kirschwasser

2 tsp Apricot brandy (or failing that, try 1/2 tsp peach schnapps and 1 1/2 tsp amaretto)

1 oz Lemon juice

1 tsp Sugar

Mix in a shaker with ice cubes, combine the gin, kirschwasser, apricot brandy, and lemon juice. Shake well. Serve on the rocks in a highball glass, with lemon.

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