Growing Old Cocktail

Cynar, Rye, Pastis, Lemon zest, Salt
1ozRye, Rittenhouse 100
2twstLemon zest (expressed)
1rinsePastis, Herbsaint
Combine the Cynar, rye and salt in a mixing glass and stir briefly to dissolve the salt. Express the oil from the lemon peels and drop into the mixing glass. Add ice and stir, then strain into an Herbsaint-rinsed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Full name: Growing Old and Dying Happy is a Hope, Not an Inevitability
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Created byMaks Pazuniak, Cure, New Orleans
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Dan on 06/06/2010


Smoked salt adds an interesting dimension to this.

Zachary Pearson's picture

Drinking this now. Dan, you're not going to like it, I'm afraid. The Herbsaint rinse dominates the nose, but once you're past that, it smells chocolatey... the way a Tootsie Roll smells chocolatey. It's firmly sweet up front with an artificial chocolate flavor (how do you get artificial chocolate out of Cynar + Rye?), and starts to get interesting as the tobacco/bitter flavors of the Cynar take over the finish. 

I think the easy way out might be 3/4 oz of lemon juice. I think something more interesting might be swap the rinse to creme de cassis to try and fix the acidity without acid. 

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