Gaz Regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails – The Double ‘D’ by Dale DeGroff

Double Cross Vodka

Gaz shares his ‘101 Best New Cocktails’ with us, which will ultimately appear in his 2011 Manual for Bartenders.

Adapted from a recipe by Dale DeGroff, New York.

The Double “D”

This autumnal martini-style cocktail brings Double Cross vodka and Dale DeGroff together in its name.

  • 60 ml Double Cross vodka
  • 7.5 ml Pear Elixir*
  • Dash Dale DeGroff’s Pimento bitters
  • Miniature bottled pear, as garnish**

Stir over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Place the pear garnish on a cocktail pick in the bottom of the glass.

*Pear Elixir2 parts Maraska Kruskovac Pear Brandy1 part Mathilde Liqueur Poires1/50 part Westford Hill Distillers (Ashford, Conn.)  pear William eau de vieMix all together.

**Available through Double Cross Vodka for free.

Gaz says:

Dale sent us this recipe at the very last minute, and he swore that by the time this book was actually on the shelves the Double Cross vodka people would have miniature bottled pear garnishes available for free from their web site, and his pimiento bitters would be available, too.  I sure hope he was right