This one is from Rogue Cocktails which was the precursor to Beta Cocktails (a book which dominated drink-making at home for many months...in fact, even now, typing this up hours after the pictures and text below were put together, I realize that it's been weeks since I had an End of the Road. And that simply will not do).
But back to Rosemary's Baby, which seems to follow an unintentional thread of vaguely Halloween themed drink posts here. Well, in name at least. There's no pumpkin spice involved. This one has overproof apple brandy, Cynar and Grand Marnier. And rosemary. And also fire. And since the temperature seems to be settling into a more October-appropriate range, fire and apples seemed appropriate.
The only problem here is that the orange flames are emanating from a bit of rosemary that is poking out of the Grand Marnier and getting torched. Not a huge deal but one that eventually crept into the flavor.
The rosemary garnish dominates the aroma. If it's near your nose. Once, it drifted across the cocktail's surface to the far end of the glass and its scent was replaced with rich oranges and apples. The sip followed along those lines bringing more oranges and apples. There's rosemary too, but it doesn't seem to mind accommodating the other flavors. There is also a faint burnt quality lingering behind and at the edges which, as mentioned above, is likely due to the portion of rosemary that caught fire while not submerged in the Grand Marnier. Pleasant citrus notes from the bitters linger on the finish. I'm glad I had Laird's bonded apple brandy on hand. The Grand Marnier influences things significantly and I'm not sure an 80 proof spirit would be able to keep up and assert itself in such company.
In terms of mood for this one, I can say it's chilly outside and occasionally the wind picks up with a howl, pelting the windows with rain. In the other room the wood stove is casting its lazy-making heat. I feel like I'm right where I should be, between the two, with this drink.
Rosemary's Baby - Rogue Cocktails
2 oz Laird's Bonded
3/4 oz Cynar
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1 dash Orange Bitters
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters
Rosemary - fire
Rosemary - Garnish
Place a quarter-sized amount of rosemary in mixing glass. Add Grand Marnier. Ignite. When the flames go out add the rest of the ingredients along with some ice. Stir, strain, up.