17. Orange bloom

9 Aug

I drink white bowls of fog-steeped orange bloom

And fiery cups of sunshine brewed in rain,

Till each artery is brimming with viscous anodyne

As wholesome as the tang of eglantine . . . .

— Henry Green Barnett, The Roof of the World and other poems (New York: Sherman, French and Co., 1916), p. 124.

I followed the recipe from The Savoy Cocktail Book:

¼ Italian Vermouth.

¼  Cointreau

½ Dry Gin.

Craddock specifies a cherry for garnish, but I went with a slice of orange instead.

Not to be confused with the “orange blossom” cocktail, which requires actual orange juice, this drink’s eponymous colour derives from the diluted vermouth. As the name suggests, it is very sweet.

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