Sangria’s Aromatic Cousin

  • 1.5 oz Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
  • .75 oz Aperol
  • .5 oz Lillet Rose (or Blanc)
  • Dash of Orange Bitters

Garnish:  None

Tools:  Cocktail Shaker, Bar Spoon, Strainer

Preparation:  Stir with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled coupe.

This is a recipe from Esquire magazine and is attributed to Jamie Boudreau of Canon in Seattle.  It is one of three Negroni-inspired cocktails that make up three-pronged flight available at the bar for lovers of the classic bitter Italian cocktail. The other 2 are Italy by Way of Mexico and A See Through Negroni.

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Bonal & Rye

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Bonal Gentiane-Quina
  • .5 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Orange Peel

Glass: Rocks

Tools: Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir until cold, strain into a rocks glass with no ice and garnish with an orange peel.

This is a recipe from Todd Smith of Dalva in San Francisco.

Paddy Wallbanger

  • 1.5 oz Irish Whiskey (Black Bush)
  • 1.5 oz Dry Vermouth (Dolin)
  • .5 oz Galliano L’Autentico
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

Garnish: None

Glass: Coupe

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice until cold.  Strain into a chilled coupe.

This is a recipe from the PDT Cocktail Book and is attributed to Gerry Corcoran of PDT in New York City.  According to the book it was this Irish bartender’s reinterpretation of the Harvey Wallbanger as a dry Irish Manhattan.

Bitter Giuseppe

  • 2 oz Cynar
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • .25 oz Lemon Juice
  • 6 dashes Orange Bitters

Garnish:  Lemon Peel

Glass:  Rocks

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.  Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass over ice.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

This is a recipe from Imbibe Magazine and is attributed to Stephen Cole of Barrelhouse Flat in Chicago.

The Little Easy Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz Blended Scotch Whisky (Famous or Black Grouse)
  • .5 oz Averna
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Absinthe rinse

Garnish:  Orange Twist

Glass:  Double Old-Fashioned/Rocks Glass

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Muddler, Julep Strainer, Atomizer (Absinthe loaded)

Preparation:  Place sugar cube into a mixing glass and add both bitters.  Muddle the sugar and bitters until emulsified.  Add the Scotch and Averna and stir with ice for 15 seconds.  Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe.  Strain contents of mixing glass into a chilled rocks glass.  Express the oils from an orange twist and garnish.

This is a recipe from the Food Republic website and is a variation on the traditional Sazerac, substituting Scotch Whisky and Averna for the Rye Whiskey.

* I prefer the Paul McGee approach to the Sazerac by using Demerara syrup in place of the muddled sugar cube.

Brooklyn Heights

  • 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .25 oz Luxardo Amaro Abano
  • .25 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • .5 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Campari Rinse

Garnish:  None

Glass:  Cocktail

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.  Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

This is a recipe from Maxwell Britten of the Jack the Horse Tavern in Brooklyn Heights.  It’s another variation on the Manhattan that is named after the neighborhood of it’s origin.

Racquet Club Cocktail

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 bar spoon Creme de Cacao
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

Garnish:  Lemon Twist

Glass:  Cocktail

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass.  Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass.  Twist a swatch of lemon peel over the glass and use twist as garnish.

This is a recipe from David Wondrich’s Old Fashioned column in Imbibe Magazine.  The original recipe was created at the legendary Manhattan Club in the 1890’s.