Tailspin

The Tailspin is another cocktail from the Death & Co Cocktail Book, this one from the Classic & Vintage section.

I realized while making it that it’s a Bijou (gin, sweet vermouth, green Chartreuse, orange bitters) with a Campari rinse.

At Death & Co, they make it relatively Chartreuse- (and vermouth-) heavy with 1.5/1/1 ratios. I am used to 2/1/1 as in, for example, the Bartender’s Choice version, although historically this may be an equal-parts drink (see Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual), like its younger cousin the Negroni.

I used Dolin sweet vermouth, which is lighter than the Carpano Antica used in the Death & Co version. It’s a pretty drink, although a little busy. You would think that, as a fan of the Negroni and green Chartreuse, I would be all over this one. But Chartreuse is richer than Campari, so the cocktail ends up being a little over the top for my taste buds. And there is a lot of Chartreuse in that cocktail.

All in all, it’s best enjoyed as a post-dinner drink.

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Tailspin

to a mixing glass add –

1.5 oz Beefeater London dry gin

1 oz Carpano Antica Formula vermouth (Dolin sweet vermouth)

1 oz green Chartreuse

1 dash house orange bitters  (Fee Brothers, Regan, Angostura)

stir with ice

strain into a chilled Campari-rinsed coupe

lemon twist garnish

 

After watching the deliciously kitschy Amber Dream/Bijou episode of Bartender, the Japanese anime, I think it would be fun to try layering the various ingredients in the mixing glass before adding the ice and stirring the cocktail.

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