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May 13, 2011 10:26 AM

Cocktails from the daily chow e-mail blasts.

I thought it might be fun to discuss the cocktails that selects to send in their daily e-mail blasts. I've raised my eyebrows in the past, and I raised them today:
Elderflower Sidecar by Aida Mollenkamp

1 part Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 parts brandy
3 parts St-Germain elderflower liqueur


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  1. Sounds awfully sweet.

    1. sounds like a drink for someone who doesn't appreciate a subtle cocktail. st germain is one of those ingredients that wipes out a drink. I imagine this one tastes of mostly sg and is kind of gross. although I bet that when I first started getting into cocktails this one would have been right up my alley. Also, the drink reads like it came off of a St Germain sticker or one of those things that the company puts on the bottle when you first buy it.

      1. You should never trust a Food Network star to make a cocktail. Look at her Chow profile, which links to another creation, the "Bitter Widow." A Negroni shamelessly ripped of its gin component, only to have it replaced by vodka. This is progress?

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        1. re: davis_sq_pro

          There is a wonderful comment. "I think the widow is bitter because someone took the gin away."

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            Not progress but a step back -- the drink has been around along time and Martin Amis has spoken about them a while ago.


          2. Goes against classic cocktail groupthink. But the ingredients are pretty basic, somebody shake it up and serve it to an unsuspecting taster.

            1. I liked it when I made it. I guess my palate isn't all that refined.