1.5 oz. Mia Amata (@oddsocietyspirits)
1/2 oz. Wallflower Oaken Gin (@oddsocietyspirits)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. medium Oloroso sherry
2 dashes Plum and Rootbeer bitters (@bittered_sling)
1 pinch pink Himalayan salt
Garnish with toasted juniper berries
You may have noticed several of my posts in the past featuring spirits from Vancouver's own Odd Society Spirits. I've enjoyed their amaro (Mia Amata) and vermouth (Bittersweet Vermouth) in previous cocktails, and when I visited the distillery awhile ago, I was given the opportunity to work with another one of their spirits I've been eyeing: Wallflower Oaken Gin. This is a version of their signature Wallflower Gin that has been aged in oaken whiskey barrels. Oaken gin is a joy to work with, as it can mix in scenarios which call for either a gin or a whiskey.
The idea behind this drink was to make something that was an amaro-heavy hybrid between a negroni and boulevardier. The Oaken Gin plays more of a supporting role here, providing a woody base for the Mia Amata amaro to shine. The vermouth allows for a sweeter palate, then the Oloroso sherry comes in for the dry finish. The salt brightens up the tone of the drink, bringing out a more delicate sweetness from the Mia Amata, and ever-so-slightly dampening the bitterness.
For anyone in Vancouver, definitely consider paying Odd Society Spirits a visit! This is the third year in a row they've taken home the title of "Best Local Distillery" in @georgiastraight's "Best of Vancouver".