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Amy, Amy, Amy…

I was saddened, although not surprised, by the news of Amy Winehouse’s death yesterday.  I’ve been a big fan since her release of “Back to Black”.  After getting familiar with that work I went back to also pick up her 2003 release, “Frank”.  I thought both were engaging, smart, musically interesting and I adored her voice and the sound she had.  Many of the posts on this blog were written with her music providing the soundtrack.

As her slow motion self destruction rolled inexoribaly forward I kept hoping she would pull out of the nosedive, pull herself together and be able to get back to the studio and tour again.  Alas, it’s not to be.  It turns out that she really did cheat herself, like she knew she would.

I wonder if Gin Wigmore drinks gin?

Day 72, Cocktail 72

After my ill fated foray into the Slow Comfortable Screw I just had to do something to get the sweet, syrupy taste out of my mouth.  What better way than a real cocktial made with real gin?  The real London Dry kind by the way, not the rockin’ Kiwi R&B artist who has the chops to be the next Amy Winehouse.  Several weeks ago I had bookmarked a recipe on Colleen Graham’s cocktail blog that she described as a variant to a martini.  Actually, it’s a variant on the Aviation, adding sweet vermouth to the gin, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice found in that classic that is a favorite of mine.  So I set to work and mixed one up for myself.  Not bad, but something is still missing.  The sweet vermouth needed to be offset by something.  Most of the cocktails with a “dark” component and maraschino usually work better with a dash or two of bitters. 

So, back to the shaker it was with this drink and a heavy dash of Agnosturo was added.  A few quick shakes and back into my cocktail glass….and….mmmm, delicious!  The Agnosturo adds just the “bite” this needs to balance against the sweet vermouth, bringing all the flavors into harmony.  I will be drinking this one again!


  • 2 oz Bombay gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters

Combine all the ingredients in shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

I’ve been sipping on mine as I write this and the flavors are just growing in their depth.  This is a really tasty treat!