Branches in the River Cocktail Recipe

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Created by Death to Sour Mix: The Branches in the River is a delicious cocktail that combines several ingredients that aren't often used in mixology. Don't let that scare you though, making it isn't as difficult as the exotic nature of its ingredients (and sheer number of ingredients), make it seem!
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Ingredients:

Serve in a Rocks Glass

  • 1 1/2 oz Bols Genever Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lillet Rose
  • 3/4 oz Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Blume Marillen Apricot Eau de Vie
  • 1 dash Bittercube Bolivar bitters
  • 1 dash black mission fig bitters
  • 1/4 oz German beet syrup
  • 1 small sprig of thyme for muddling

Garnish: 1 peel & 1 sprig of thyme

Required Tools

How to Make

  1. Add the sprig of thyme and the syrup in the shaker and muddle first.
  2. Pour in all the other ingredients and shake for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice.
  4. It helps to extract the oil from a lemon peel onto the drink in the end.
  5. Garnish with the lemon peel and a small sprig of thyme.

About

For this to work best, I’d advise you buy some German rock sugar. Make a 1 to 1 syrup with it and you will instantly fall in love with the flavor; Not as cloyingly sweet as regular sugar or honey, with a quality that I can really just describe as “soft”. It works great in this one to just give a bit of sweetness and balance.

Zirbenz is a stone pine liqueur from Austria. Known by some as “the agave of the Alps”, it is pine-y as hell but in the form of a very pleasant finish. I can see it going great with a nice gin.

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