Original Cocktail: Orchard of Alcinous
-Orchard of Alcinous-1.5 oz Offley white port
.75 oz Pür pear liqueur
.5 oz St George Terroir gin*
.5 oz lemon juice
1 oz Clos Normand apple cider**
Shake all ingredients together, double strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a small piece of rosemary.
*St George Terroir gin is made in my neck of the woods over in Alameda, and it's a fine specimen. What sets it apart from the rest is that it's crafted with Douglas fir, so you have a big blast of pine and bay leaf right in your face. That's also why I use such a small amount in the cocktail. A little goes a long way.
**This is a French apple cider that's low alcohol and quite refreshing on its own. The kind of thing they might serve by the carafe at a creperie in France. I like this particular one because it's balanced and is also a fantastic value.