Those who become legendary offer more than empty notoriety behind a name.  They are more than the latest movie theater listing or rag magazine headline.  Legends offer a guiding light toward the future.  Dale DeGroff created an exceptional cocktail for a Legends event hosted by Oprah Winfrey in 2005.  This event honored a specific group for their legendary role in history.  There are extraordinary people living among us every day with valuable lessons to impart and amazing stories to share.  These could be those with youthful perception or those who have become frail and dependent.  The question is; will you take time to listen?

Legends Cocktail created by Dale DeGroff for Oprah Winfrey Legends Ball event in 2005 - photo property of Cheri LoughlinLegends Cocktail – The Essential Cocktail, Dale DeGroff

1 small piece Ginger Root

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce St-Germain

1-1/2 ounce Vodka

1/2 ounce White Cranberry Juice

3/4 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Spiral Lemon Peel Garnish

Orange Slice, Sugar & Ground Ginger for Dusting Glass

Combine 4 parts sugar to 1 part ground ginger in mixing tray.  Rim cocktail glass with orange slice.  Dip outer rim of glass in sugar mix to frost.  Set aside and then chill the glass. 

Place ginger root and liqueurs in bottom of mixing glass.  Muddle.  Add vodka and juices with ice.  Shake well to blend and chill.  Strain into chilled ginger sugar rimmed glass.  Garnish with spiral lemon peel. 

Notation: The Legends Cocktail just wouldn’t be the same without the easy to mix frosted rim.  The sweetly spiced gingered rim tips off this cocktail perfectly sip after sip.  Read about the creative thought process behind the Legends Cocktail in Dale DeGroff’s book, The Essential Cocktail.  You’ll find this recipe on page 240 in the Innovations chapter along with a few other simply irresistibly delightful concoctions.

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