This is the perfect elegant holiday cocktail for the fancier affairs of the season. Served in a brandy snifter, the Tanqueray almond is an aromatic cocktail that features the perfect pairing of Tanqueray London Dry Gin and amaretto. It's a beautiful and simple cocktail that you'll come back to time and again.
The recipe comes from Tanqueray and it is very easy. The presentation gives it a sophisticated touch that makes it feel just a little more special. To liven up the gin-amaretto mix, be sure to add the bitters and sour mix. They're small accents (don't overdo the sour), but they make an incredible difference.
Gather the ingredients.
In a snifter with ice, pour the gin, amaretto, and bitters.
Top with a splash of sour mix.
Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Serve and enjoy!
- Keep in mind that a snifter is a very large glass and it's not meant to be filled. Instead, the ice and liquids should not exceed half the volume (one-third of the volume is ideal). This allows the drink's aroma to swirl inside the empty portion, which adds to the experience.
- For the best drink, ensure that the liqueur matches the quality of your gin. Top-shelf amarettos like Disaronno would be an excellent choice, though there are other fine almond liqueurs worth exploring.
- The bitters are not defined in this recipe; the most natural choice would be aromatic bitters, such as Angostura. Do experiment with other flavors; orange bitters will add a nice citrus accent while floral herbal bitters (e.g., lavender or chamomile) could really play nicely off the gin's botanicals.
- If your only option for maraschino cherries is the neon red cherries that are so common, skip the garnish or go with a citrus twist instead. Those cherries are essentially bleached and dyed—anything but natural—and can quickly bring this drink down. During cherry season, you can make your own maraschinos to keep on hand for drinks like this.
How Strong Is a Tanqueray Almond?
Tanqueray is bottled at 94.6 proof, so this is not a light drink. It should mix up to an alcohol content around 30 percent ABV (60 proof). That's partially why it's served short; the other reason is that it's meant to be sipped slowly like a fine brandy.