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Bourbon, Cynar, Lemon peel, Simple syrup, Chocolate bitters
Combine, add ice, stir and strain into a chilled coupe or an Old Fashioned glass. Express lemon peel, rub around rim and drop into cocktail.
My homage to the nostalgia of the classic Speakeasy. Though more true to the golden age of cocktails, when all you needed was a spirit, sugar, lemon and some bitters.
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sjdiaz21 on 01/19/2012
Scott Diaz, Seattle, WA
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The person I made this for keeps coming up to me and telling me how good this is. I love the generous use of the Xocolatl bitters.

I used Evan Williams Black for the bourbon.

Recipe looks fantastic. How would you describe the result? Anything interesting to "listen" for with the palate (flavors that you notice when someone else tells you to look for them)?

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Personally I am very pleased with the taste, but of course I created it so I am definitely biased. I find that the Jim Beam Black pairs very nicely with the honey, gentian and sage essence that I taste with Cynar (funny how you don't really taste artichoke) especially since there is a high amount of rye mashed and it's a fairly low alcohol bourbon. I love the Bittermans Mole Bitters and it is such a fantastic and complex blend of flavors that it doesn't really have a big "chocolate" profile but a little more spice, like nutmeg, cinnamon, cheyenne, etc. Fee Aztec Chocolate Bitters made the end result a bit too rich. Also, I now usually only put in about a tsp of simple syrup as apposed to the 1/2 oz I originally did. I have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to cocktails but the bourbon and Cynar are rich enough. Thanks again and I hope you like it.

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Definitely use Bittermans The Bitter Truth Xocolatl Mole bitters. I know I put it under the chocolate bitters category but I did attempt with Fee Brothers Chocolate bitters and while still good, the chocolate was too pronounced. The mole bitters are far more complex and really round out the flavors.

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Used some Benedictine with whiskey instead of bourbon (all out), and a bit of maple syrup instead of simple (less). Nice sipper (4 stars)

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