An original cocktail that plays with two classic drinks: the Army Navy and the Salty Dog.
Bitter spirits offer subtle yet exponentially pleasing twists on classic cocktails, and the Galliano L'Apertivo liqueur offers a smooth cocoon of flavor that you can dip your toes into without the shock of other more abrupt bitter profiles.
It's no secret that I love gin, and I love a good sugary cocktail on occasion, but I prefer a bit of elevation in my drinks. I love the Army Navy, which is a classic, but I wanted a way to shift the flavor profile both to better pair with one of my favorite gins and to add a bit of kick, and thus, the birth of the Army Dog.
The Galliano L'Apertivo is like Campari, but lighter, more approachable, and with a bit of bergamot and orange blossom water forward in the flavor. But it also brings out a bit of grapefruit, remeniscent of the Salty Dog.
I hope you enjoy this original creation.
1.5 oz. FEW Spirits Breakfast Gin
0.5 oz. Galliano L'APERTIVO
0.5 oz. Cointreau
0.5 oz. Liber & Co. Orgeat
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 to 2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
1 orange peel for essence and garnish
Measure all ingredients and pour into a shaker.
Fill with ice; shake vigorously.
Cut a slit in half of the squeeze lime; run a portion of the coupe glass rim in the slit.
Roll the juiced rim in fine sugar.
Double-strain the shaker into the coupe glass.
Twist orange peel around edge and on top; garnish.
To adjust for a slightly sweeter version, increase the orgeat to 0.75 oz. and decrease the Cointreau to 0.25 oz.