i have never heard of this drink before this afternoon... Apparently it is French for 'An Idea' (the kind usually represented by a light bulb popping over your head. . . )
i was checking at cocktaildb.com if i was accidentally taking credit for an old recipe (see . . .) and i saw this one and said "i should make that!". So i did... and it was good...Une Idee Cocktail
3/4 oz gin
[i used Beefeater 24]
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz Cognac
[Park VS-gorgeous ...]
1/4 oz apricot flavored brandy
[Stock- from Italy- who knew?]
Stir in mixing glass with ice & strain
Serve in a cocktail glass
Just between us . . . i garnished this with a slice of chilled banana--
and it was awesome!
Here is a blurb i wrote about Beefeater 24 -- good stuff!:
Beefeater 24 was created by master distiller Desmond Payne. This gin features Chinese and Japanese style green teas plus grapefruit zest and Beefeaters traditional botanicals: juniper, angelica, coriander, liquorice, almonds, orris root, seville oranges, and lemon peel. These botanicals are steeped for 24 hours ('24') and then carefully distilled. On the nose, the show begins with a crisp citrus focus (white grapefruit pulp in the lead), clean soft juniper and the faintest hint of green tea. The palate is where the botanicals sparkle with vivacious flavors— citrus, coriander and delicate licorice— excitingly held together by mild juniper. Again, there is only an intimation of the tea which is more adequately expressed in the vibrant and savory mouth-feel. The finish is soft and round with a spicy, lingering aftertaste.