The Silk Road is a heady, fragrant cocktail that calls to mind the Silk Road trading corridor that stretched from China to Rome, carrying along all manner of exotic fruits and spices. It’s amazing that such small flavor adjustments – a couple teaspoons each of apricot liqueur and Bénédictine, a honey-herbal liqueur – can invoke such mystical, faraway places. That’s the power of a well-constructed cocktail!
The origins of the drink are hazy; Difford’s Guide says it was invented in 2012 at Bar Sparrow in London, but gaz regan published it in his 2009 Bartender’s Gin Compendium. We suspect that the actual origins are far older, given the use of ingredients that were popular around the turn of the last century.
- 1½ parts Gin
- 2 tsp Sweet herbal liqueur
- 2 tsp Apricot liqueur
- ¾ part Lime juice
- ¼ part Simple syrup
- 1 dash Aromatic bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
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- Silk Road Sour at Cocktail Virgin