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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.

Army Dog

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.


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