Nick & Nora
Leather scented Twine and pine oil mist
45ml Maker's Mark
20ml Chardonnay Reduction
3 dashes of Forest Floor bitters
Pre-Batched in a waxed bottle, stirred down, Served Up.
THE STORY BEHIND THE COCKTAIL NAME
Originally from New Zealand, whilst in the process of creating new drinks, I often found myself returning to old notes, recipes and stories for inspiration. I spent my winter nights next to wood fires, re-reading through my old leather-bound recipe books, glass of chardonnay in hand, adding little notes here and there for further development.
These memories sparked the inspiration for this drink:
“Postscript; to add to a previous note or event.”
I've revolved this cocktail around Maker's 46 specifically because it follows a similar story through Bill Samuels Jr… (the son to the founders of Maker's Mark; Bill, Sr., and Margie Samuels.)
Bill, Jr. revisited his parent's original Maker's Mark recipe from '53 and added to it by altering the barrel it's finished in. He took their classic charred American oak barrel and then inserted seared French oak staves, leading to the creation of a new product with amplified honey and vanilla notes: Maker's 46. Funnily enough, with this cocktail I took an American bourbon and inserted a French liqueur with matching honey & vanilla notes, however most importantly, Bénédictine has a herbal, flavour profile which incorporates an ingredient that I hold very dear: Fir Cones. Back in New Zealand, my family owns a forest, and the trees are a mix of Pine and Douglas Fir... The very wood that burned in my fireplace as I looked through my books, scent of old leather and tree sap in the air. This aroma I've literally tied to the drink; I’ve used twine, just like my books that are bound with twine and then coated in added leather wax to grab the essence of the old, leathery covers, a gentle mist of pine oil, and a sprig of pine on the glass to reflect the fresh pine sap emanating through the air. To capture the essence of my family's forest in flavour, I created my own bitters to accentuate the many similar earthy and herbal notes found within Bénédictine and the undergrowth of a Forest Floor. The Chardonnay in my hand as I studied away, I tied into the concept of adding to a previous note. It is an American Chardonnay finished an Ex-Bourbon Barrel. By reducing this ingredient, I gave it a fuller mouth-feel and intensified, buttery flavour that blends perfectly with Maker's 46. These ingredients are all incorporated into a chilled beeswax lined & sealed bottle. This both pays homage to the Maker's bottle, binds all the flavours together with a silky texture, and reinforces the honey notes across the ingredients. The creation of this cocktail is made by me returning to this moment in time, and by doing so, is in of itself, a “Postscript” drink.