Very apt for Halloween, or Samhain (depending on your outlook and religion) is this recipe, taken from Imbibe‘s website. They list two versions of this drink – one with Grand Marnier for the orange component (straight whiskers), the other with triple sec (the curled version), the latter being one I have made here.
The combination of gin and orange is not a new one (this recipe is really just a variation on the Bronx cocktail), but here is quite refreshing & makes for a light and drinkable mixture. The vermouths add a richness to the flavour turning the whole thing into a Bronx with an added citrus kick. I am not sure where the satanic angle comes from, as this drink really isn’t evil in any way at all; perhaps the name comes from the hangover a few of these might engender.
1/2 oz. gin (Gordon’s here)
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth (antica formula)
1/2 oz. dry vermouth (Lillet blanc)
1/2 oz. orange juice (fresh is best)
dashes of orange bitters
Stir well over ice, then strain into a chilled coupe & garnish with orange zest.