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Barnum (Was Right) Cocktail

28 Feb 2011

What goes into a Barnum was right.

You may have noticed by this point that the book is on a kick where every cocktail involves gin and lemon juice. I’l pleased to report that, including this cocktail, there are only two of those left before we leave at least one of those ingredients behind! Still, the subject at hand awaits. The Barnum (Was Right) Cocktail also includes apologetic rambling about the similarity of cocktails, pointing out that in classic times, the number of ingredients were limited, so only so many drinks could really exist. I think the combinatoric options may be a bit more varied than the author suggests, but I suppose lemon juice, egg whites, chartreuse, and cream don’t make for an interesting cocktail.

Unsurprisingly, it looks similar to other brown cocktails served with lemon peel in a cocktail glass.

Finished Barnum cocktail.

The end product wasn’t much to get excited about. It wasn’t bad. Basically, though, we’ve got a lemon-apricot-gin flavor with just a bit too much going on. It’s a cocktail that’s trying too hard, and just doesn’t really offer anything of note to distance itself from the pack.