It's too early to think about Valentine's Day, and yet, why not plan now, by tracking down the ingredients for this cocktail from Calgary mixologist Jeff Savage?
Savage is the bartender at The Deane House in Calgary, Canada.
One of the city's oldest buildings, the Deane House is more than 110 years old — ancient by Western Canadian standards. The house was built for one Captain Richard Burton Deane, who, at the time, was the superintendent of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. He had it built for his wife Martha, who, sadly, died before it could be completed.
A love remembered, one might say.
These days, the Deane House is one of the city's top restaurants and, this spring, Savage will compete this spring in the semi-finals of the 2018 Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition.
The cocktail that got him to this stage of the competition?
A Love Remembered.
Savage, however, didn't actually create his award-winning drink in homage to the Deanes.
He made it in honour of the possible romance/flirtation/friendship between actress Ava Gardner and author Ernest Hemingway.
Legend has it that after Gardner swam naked in Hemingway's pool in Cuba in the 1950s, the old rogue refused to have the water changed.
Sounds a bit unsanitary to us more prosaic folk, but whatever. Here is your chance to make A Love Remembered for someone you love, or someone you miss.
A Love Remembered
2 oz Bacardi Superior
0.5 oz Martini Bianco
0.25 oz Maraschino Liqueur
Barspoon Citric and Malic Acid Solution*
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Method: Combine all in a cocktail shaker and stir with ice until diluted.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with an expressed and trimmed lime peel.
*Citric and Malic Acid, incidentally, "are two naturally occurring acids in fruit. They are often used in place of citrus and offer the cocktail stability without the use of fresh citrus. They are available in powdered form and are often mixed into a solution to offer a cocktail the component of citrus while keeping the appearance clear. You can buy citric and malic acid at any major grocery store," according to Savage's news release.