After Dinner

1.5 oz. apricot brandy (Rothman and Winter Orchard Apricot)
1.5 oz. curaçao (Ferrand Dry Curaçao)
2 oz. lime juice

Combine with ice; shake. Strain. Add a twist of lime and ice. Drop in the peel.

This week we recorded our tasting notes so we could remember all of the good points.

It’s not as sour as we anticipated. I like it.
It tastes like a foamy daiquiri. That’s by far the
best drink we’ve had.

That’s a pretty good drink.

(to Jason)
Just so you know we’re after lowbrow tasting
notes here. You have to understand that every time
we’ve been doing this we’ve had nothing but horrible drinks.

That’s drinkable. That’s good.

If all of our drinks were this good I wouldn’t
be as depressed.

You drink a lot of these you’re going
to get heartburn.

Because of all the citrus.

It really comes on at the end.

The citrus? I get that right away. Then I get a little apricot
and it ends orangey.

I don’t pick up the apricot in that drink.

But if you knew what the apricot liqueur tasted
like you might pick it up. It’s definitely citrusy
but I wouldn’t change anything.

Right. Who knew?

Ten point scale? I’ll give it a 7 but because
I have no context. I’m basing it on cocktails
I like, not cocktails in the A section.

It’s like figure skating where you give it a 7
because you don’t know what’s coming next. But we
are finding that lately were giving a lot of 2s and 3s.

That’s like everybody doing a triple axel but
everyone has been falling. This is at least on pace.

It has the least amount of failure. This drink fails the least.

It’s a good summer drink. The ladies that like
white wine are going to like this one.

SCORES: Brian 8.5, Eric 8, Jason 7

Eric D. Anderson


Eric D. Anderson came to appreciate cocktails late in life and is trying to make up for lost time. He finds that crafting drinks involves the same precision, creativity, sociability, and ritual as baking—another passion—and believes that it brings people together in the same way. Eric is the director of Way of the Puck, a feature-length documentary about professional air hockey, and the editor of Stories of Quitting (, an online collection of true stories that celebrate giving up. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Painted Bride Quarterly, Perigee, Giant Robot, and Wild Quarterly, among other publications. In his free time he works as a camera operator on commercials and motion pictures.

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