Well, I’ve been refining this drink over the last few days and it’s eerily similar to the En Banc that Dave has been working on. In my creation, I use Regan’s Orange Bitters while Dave uses Amaro. Dave came at his drink while thinking about refining a perfect martini and I came to mine while thinking about a Maximilian Affair. It just goes to show that there are many ways to create your own cocktails.
So, here’s the Norman Conquest . . .
In 10-something-something (that’s sometime in the 11thcentury for you history challenged folk), the French, in Norman form, invaded England and installed a king. This guaranteed a melding of French and English cultures for at least a little while. In this Norman Conquest, the St. Germain influences the gin taste without truly overcoming it. OK, that’s a stretch of an analogy, but you get the idea.
- 2 oz Old Tom Gin (I used Hayman’s)
- ½ oz St. Germain
- 4-5 dashes Orange Bitters (Regan’s)
- Grapefruit garnish