Left Hand

Bourbon, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Maraschino cherry
Stir, stain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish
The original called for Bittermen's Sweet Chocolate bitters, a one-off bitters made by a measuring error when making their Mole bitters.
This recipe previously listed a variation using rye, regular sweet vermouth, and omitting the bitters. Corrected thanks to a comment by Campus Five.
Cocktail summary
Created bySam Ross, Milk & Honey and Little Branch, New York, NY
AuthenticityAuthentic recipe
ReferenceDark Spirits, A. J. Rathbun, Melissa Punch
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Dan on 06/06/2010


Casey's picture

Good - but if I'm aiming for this, I prefer a Punt e Mes manhattan (2:1) with 2 big dashes of Bittermens Mole.

tophat665's picture

Wow! That's a perfect showcase for chocolate in bitters (I had to use Fee Bro's Aztec Chocolate, but that's close, nu? Same league if not the same ballpark.) Well played! 4 of 5, and 4.7 if there were 10th stars.

The recipe as currently listed is not the original, but rather an accidental variation by Damian Windsor (currently at Roger Room, Los Angeles) that I have posted on eGullet repeatedly.

The original is by Sam Ross (Milk and Honey, Little Branch, etc.).

1.5 oz Bourbon (Elijah Craig)
.75 oz Campari
.75 oz Carpano Antica
2 dashes Mole Bitters

Stir, strain, up, cherry.

This recipe was originally found on the Bitterman's website, but it's been removed.
It can be found in this book: http://books.google.com/books?id=hKgGjgbfhaUC&pg=PA76&lpg=PA76&dq=%22lef...
However, it lists Bitterman's Sweet Chocolate Bitters, instead of the Mole Bitters.

Dan's picture

Thanks, Campus Five. I've correct the recipe using the source you cited.

From other users

Boy that cherry was good at the end. (4 stars)
Beautiful color. Blood just starting to dry. Very inviting aroma. Spicy, and very old school. Ladies and gentlemen, Do not call. We have a winner! Best showcase for chocolate bitters yet! (4 stars)

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