Oh, what treasures I found.
My dad isn’t a hard liquor kind of guy. He leans more toward youthful vintages of homemade wine so spirits tend to stick around for a while. Decades, as it turns out. And hidden away in the back of his liquor cabinet I found some gorgeous, extremely well-aged bottles.
The label designs are all nicely retro and some of these brands I’ve never even heard of before. That squat bottle with the orange label? It’s a lingonberry liquer. What the hell’s a lingonberry, you ask? I’ve no idea. But in liqueur form, it tastes a lot like a cloudberry (in liqueur form). And as for that Hiram Walker bottle in the back, it’s their crystal gin, something they don’t even make any more. And how a “crystal” gin differs from a London dry I can’t figure.
So, what would you do if you stumbled upon such a trove of tippling riches?
Me? I whipped up a cocktail….
Dad’s Lost Treasures Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Hiram Walker’s Crystal Gin
3/4 oz Lapponia Lingonberry liquer
3/4 oz fresh orange juice
1/4 oz Henkes anisette
Shake well with ice. Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.