I found this drink on Kindred Cocktails. It looked intense, intriguing and a little crazy. But in a good way. I love Smith & Cross and the idea of pairing that with an overproof gin is something I haven’t tried before.
The vermouth rounds out and softens, just a touch, while the Chartreuse adds its usual sweet and herbal qualities. The notes accompanying the drink suggested it changes significantly as it warms up. That was my experience as well. When it’s cold it’s all about the Smith & Cross. The botanicals from the gin, Chartreuse and vermouth do a good job supporting the bombastic flavor and heat of the rum but it’s still very rum-forward at the beginning. As it warms up the gin crisply elbows its way to the fore while the role of the Chartreuse becomes a little more prominent. I preferred it when it was cold but really this was an enjoyable drink the whole way through.
Miller’s Crossing – ‘Fransos’ via Kindred Cocktails
1 oz Smith & Cross
1 oz Martin Miller’s Westbourne (I subbed Tanqueray and Plymouth – 3:1)
1 oz Carpano Antica
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1 dash Angostura
Garnish – Orange Peel
Stir, Strain, Up