Rye, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Orange peel
1 12ozRye
34ozSweet vermouth
1dsBitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole (optional)
1 Orange peel (optional, flamed, as garnish)
Stir, strain, rocks glass, no ice
Lord Hobo (Cambridge, MA) uses Mole bitters, a flamed orange swatch garnish and Vya sweet vermouth)
A modernized and refined Boulevardier.
Cocktail summary
Created byDominic Venegas, Range, San Francisco, CA
AuthenticityAuthentic recipe
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Dan on 10/19/2011


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The mole bitters addition came from John Gertsen while at No 9, before Lord Hobo existed.

I was also pretty sure Venegas made this drink while at Bourbon and Branch, but I'll trust the link on that one.

This is a goddamn glorious drink.

A malty alternative to my favorite Negroni.

Try straining over one big-ass cube, and then sprinkling a pinch of Maldon on its surface. A la the Little Giuseppe.

Absolutely great. Really shows of the Mole bitters (be careful to go easy as they are very strong). I still don't see the point of flaming orange peels, though, besides looking cool.

From other users

Really good; use a light touch on the mole bitters. (5 stars)
Delicious! A keeper. Could be better than a Manhattan. But like a Negroni with Rye. (4 stars)
oooh (5 stars)
I like this one even better than the Boulevardier, the Mole bitters are a nice addition. (5 stars)
Substitute Elijah Craig 12-yr bourbon for the rye and add an extra dash of the bitters to get a "Left Hand Cocktail," per The PDT Cocktail Book. (5 stars)
Superb cocktail. Even without the garnish and bitters, an improvement over the Boulevardier. (5 stars)

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