The Man Comes Around

Description
Cynar, Brandy, Mezcal, Fernet Branca, Bitters, Mint
Ingredients
1 12ozCynar
12ozMezcal, Sombra
12ozBrandy, Torres 5 Year Old (or other Spanish brandy)
1tFernet Branca
1dsBitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
1spgMint (as garnish)
Instructions
Stir, strain, rocks, garnish with a small slapped sprig of mint.
Notes
Spanish brandy is aromatic with sherry notes; if it can't be found, an oloroso sherry would be a better replacement than a Cognac.
Cocktail summary
Yield
Drink
Year2013
Created & posted by
DrunkLab's picture
DrunkLab on 08/31/2013
Rafa GarcĂ­a Febles, NYC.
AuthenticityOriginal creation

Comments

Fantastic drink, Rafa. Lovely bitter-dominant style. I'd recommend giving the mint a slap before putting it in as garnish; I wasn't really aware it was there until right at the end (presumably after it had been beaten up a bit by the ice).

Why the name? Is it 'comes round' as in 'visits', or as in 'wakes up after a few too many cocktails'?

DrunkLab's picture

Leslie,

Thank you so much for trying it!

Re: the garnish, I almost always slap my mint (not as dirty as it sounds) before inserting it in the drink (ditto). I should probably make a note of it in the instructions, though, instead of assuming that all KC users would do the same. The mint aromas should bring out the mint/menthol of the Fernet more (you mentioned on eGullet that you didn't notice it much).

The story of the name is as follows: after enjoying a mezcal-heavy drink and a Cynar-driven one at the New York bar Pouring Ribbons, my companions and I took the subway home and were joined for several stops by two tweedy guitar-carrying dudes absolutely tearing it up with a set of Johnny Cash covers, including "The Man Comes Around," about the end of days. When I got home I combined the two drinks I'd had, added Spanish brandy, and adjusted the ratios slightly, and decided the resulting drink was black and bitter enough to be worthy of a name by the Man in Black.

Glad you enjoyed it!, and thanks again.

-R

From other users

Very good. Made with Vida and Cognac (4 stars)
Dark chocolate, deep bitterness, smoke, savoriness, mint, long finish. Well-liked on eGullet. (5 stars)

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