Another one from Food & Wine's Cocktails 2014. I'm still enjoying this book, bouncing around from drink to drink. On paper The Tax Lawyer reminded me of The Journalist which shares a core of gin, sweet and dry vermouth, and a little bit of citrus. They also include an additional modifier (triple sec in The Journalist, fernet in The Tax Lawyer) and in the case of The Journalist some Angostura. What I like about these drinks is that the citrus and triple sec/fernet are added in such small amounts that they manage to keep plenty clear of a sour style drink or fernet bomb (which are fine in their own right) and serve mainly as an accent to the always agreeable combination of gin and vermouth. 

The Tax Lawyer uses genever as the base. There's still sweet and dry vermouth and citrus but here they're joined by a skosh of fernet. The result is smooth and rich, malty and sweet, but not too sweet. Genever's aroma starts things off along with a bit of orange from the twist. The sip brings more of that signature genever flavor along with its herbs which tie in nicely to those contributed by the vermouth. Fernet peaks through (a departure from its usual, more bombastic style of entrance) near the finish. I'm not usually one for orange juice in cocktails but here, at 1/2 tsp its impact is subtle and it adds a touch of sweet citrus.

 

 

The Tax Lawyer - Derek Brown, DC
1 1/2 oz Bols Genever
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 tsp Fernet Branca
1/2 tsp Orange Juice
Garnish - Orange Twist

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