Well, here we are on the Third Day of Christmas which, coincidentally, happens to be half way through the gifts of birds in the song. Seriously! If any "true love" decided to gift us that many different kinds of fowl, we'd have to reconsider the future of that relationship. Regardless, we have drinks to make.
For this cocktail, Drew wanted to combine three French liquors to create something magical (or magique, en français)! Kate suggested making a sour so there'd be some kind of egg in the drink to reflect the hens. We settled on using brandy as the base spirit and then added Suze (a liqueur made from gentian flowers) for a little bitter and Benedictine for a little spice. Lemon, simple syrup, egg white and cherry bitters complete the drink.
Three French Hens
- 2 parts brandy
- 1 part Suze
- 1 part Benedictine
- 1/2 tsp simple syrup
- 1/2 part lemon juice
- 1 tsp egg white
- 3 drops of cherry bitters (we used Spirit Fire Cherry Cedar bitters by Apothecary Bitters)
Combine all ingredients into a shaker and dry shake for approximately 30 seconds. Add ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a coupe glass and top with bitters.
The cocktail came together pretty much as we had tasted it in our heads. If you wanted to up the bitterness somewhat, you could increase the Suze by about 1/2 part.