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Foley Artist

2 oz Genever [Bols]
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Averna
Few dashes Peach Bitters [Fee Bros.]

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with cherries.

Friday and Saturday nights in the Muddle household are usually a mixed bag of finding drinks from other ‘grammers/bloggers, leafing through the various cocktail books on my shelf, or staring at my bar and getting down to some good ol’ R&D.  Admittedly, this last option can be a bit hit or miss, but every now and then my efforts yield a worthy cocktail.

A few weeks ago I was in one of these sessions, looking to make something with Licor 43.  I bought a small 375ml bottle months before as a trial, and it got lost in the back of my bar after using it a few times.  What I really enjoyed most about it was the heavy vanilla flavor, with a little citrus backbone.  Vanilla liqueur can be hard to come by, my only other experience being Galliano, which I found had too much anise in the profile.

Getting back to the Licor 43, I wanted to compliment the vanilla notes with some more warm spices, so I reached for my trusty bottle of Benedictine.  I’ve professed my love of this stuff before, but never used this combo.  Thinking about the base spirit, I didn’t want to blow away the subtleties of the Licor 43 with as whiskey or rum, but gin seemed too floral as I wanted to ride the sweetness a little more.  Luckily I had some genever, which allowed me to straddle the sweet/botanical line nicely.  Finally, with all the sweetness in the drink already, I needed a counterpoint.  An amaro was an intriguing solution, but with all the soft flavors present, I didn’t want to go too bitter.  Averna is particularly well suited, its underlying caramel flavors should compliment the Benedictine and Licor 43, but it still has that bracing snap at the end to keep everything from getting too cloying.


Malts and vanilla dominate the nose of the Foley Artist.  Herbs and spices from the Benedictine and Averna float through the air as you bring the glass up for a sip.  There is definitely plenty of sweetness in this drink, but the Averna does a good job keeping it at bay.  The genever also makes it more bready sweet than sugar sweet.  The sip is very full and round, bright and soft at the same time.  A mellow swallow finishes off with a final kiss from the vanilla as it all goes down quite smoothly.

A Foley Artist is someone who provides the sounds for movies, cartoons etc.  You know, their the ones banging two coconuts together as the horse comes trotting in, or shaking the big piece of sheet metal to provide some ominous thunder to a storm.  Seemed like a decent name for a drink, and it’s been on my list for a while.   Nothing more to the name than that.

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