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The Chrysanthemum cocktail is a sophisticated and aromatic libation that dates back to the early 20th century. It's believed to have originated during the Prohibition era as a way to mask the harsh flavors of bootlegged spirits. Named after the fragrant flower, this cocktail features a delicate balance of herbal liqueurs and aromatized wine, resulting in a floral and complex flavor profile.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) dry vermouth

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) Bénédictine liqueur

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) absinthe or absinthe substitute

  • Lemon twist or edible flower for garnish (optional)

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of dry vermouth into the mixing glass.

  3. Add 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of Bénédictine liqueur to the glass.

  4. Pour in 15 ml (1/2 oz) of absinthe or absinthe substitute.

  5. Stir the mixture gently with a mixing spoon for about 30 seconds to chill the ingredients.

  6. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.

  7. Optionally, garnish with a lemon twist or an edible flower for a touch of elegance.

Flavor Profile:

The Chrysanthemum cocktail offers a complex and aromatic flavor profile, with the herbal notes of Bénédictine and the subtle bitterness of absinthe complementing the floral undertones of dry vermouth. It's a sophisticated and well-balanced drink that's perfect for sipping on special occasions.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Vermouth: Selecting a quality dry vermouth is essential for a well-balanced Chrysanthemum cocktail. Look for brands that offer a harmonious blend of botanicals and a subtle sweetness.

  • Bénédictine Considerations: Bénédictine liqueur adds depth and complexity to the Chrysanthemum cocktail, but its herbal sweetness can vary between brands. Experiment with different Bénédictine variations to find one that complements your palate.

  • Absinthe Dilution: Absinthe can be quite potent, so it's important to use it sparingly to avoid overpowering the other ingredients in the cocktail. A small amount adds complexity without dominating the flavor.

  • Garnish Selection: While a lemon twist is a classic garnish for the Chrysanthemum cocktail, feel free to get creative with your garnish choices. Edible flowers, such as violets or chrysanthemums, can add a visually stunning touch to the cocktail.

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