The Buttercup is a warming, malty, just-sweet-enough cocktail originally from the Bols company, and later refined and perfected by master mixologist Simon Difford.
Difford advises that if you choose to use a lemon twist for garnish, you shouldn’t express it over the drink; the lemon oil is too strong and will overpower the butterscotch. We like the scent of the twist, but we do agree with Diffords’ postulate.
Oude genever is better than jonge here, but either one is acceptable.
- 2 parts Genever
- ¾ part Butterscotch liqueur
- ¾ part Sweet vermouth
Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist, but don’t express it over the drink.
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- Buttercup cocktail at Difford’s Guide