The Compass Rose

Difford's Guide




There are approximately 183 calories in one serving of The Compass Rose.
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Basil sprig

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.

1 2/3 fl oz Cognac
2/3 fl oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/3 fl oz Amontillado sherry
1/3 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 1/2 fl oz Mandarin & bergamot soda (Gentlemen's Soda)

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By George Megalokonomos, Noel

“I recall childhood summers in Kithira island. I was very lucky. My grandfather was a coastal guard officer at the island; therefore, I had the opportunity to visit every boat docking at the port. That was my first time to ever see a tattoo.

It was the sailors. For them, tattoos were a kind of diary, kept on their own body. I can still recall the anchors, the naval stars, the shells, the turtles, the dragons. Still, the most impressive of all was the wind rose. My grandpa used to say that for the sailors it was a symbol of good fortune, a “guarantee” that someday they would return back home. Probably that’s why I was so fond of it.

All those tattoos are still in my memory and come to mind often. They remind me of a childhood era, as well as my beloved grandfather, whom I was named after, Giorgos.

The wind rose tattoo has been around since the old days, used as a navigation guide since the 14th century. It depicts 32 different directions and winds. It’s called a wind rose because it resembles the petals of a rose.
The wind rose used to tell me how hard life at sea is. It taught me to respect those who dare to confront the open seas.

In my cocktail, I’ve tried to integrate some of those memories. The flower fragrances from my grandfather’s garden, which you also find in Hennessy, were combined with the Sherry sea breeze. Mediterranean elements like tangerine, orange, bergamot and basil were added too. Fragrances and flavors from the four winds, the four corners of the earth.”

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