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  • California Widow   16 weeks 3 days ago

    I was excited to try this, as I like St Germain with both pear and herbal liqueurs. Very good, though I admit my unsophisticated palette wanted some acidity to balance the liqueurs so I ended up adding 1/2 oz lemon juice.

  • Colonel Carpano   16 weeks 3 days ago

    Works pretty well with other variations of amaro and bitters. I like Ramazotti instead of Cynar here, for example.

  • Reverse Brooklyn (Erik Ellestad)   16 weeks 4 days ago

    Booker's or Old Grand Dad 114 should do. By all means make a 2:1 China:whiskey drink and report back :-)

  • Reverse Brooklyn (Erik Ellestad)   16 weeks 4 days ago

    Awww. I was kinda thinking the China would be the reversed "spirit". Still, I'm oall over this, although Stagg is a bit dear. Maybe Booker's?

  • Bella Donna   16 weeks 6 days ago

    Made per Dan's suggestion with no simple. Could add still more sour. As is the amaretto dominates and lime settles in at the end with just a touch of real sourness. Not a bad use for an ancient bottle of amaretto.

  • Shaddock   16 weeks 6 days ago

    Good stuff. Same sort of flavor judo as the Jasmine cocktail, but much easier to remember, and a bit more mild and approachable. Sort of the difference between fresh, ruby red grapefruit and older white grapefruit.

    Varied this by using Hayman's gin and Lime Juice.

  • Pompadour   17 weeks 1 hour ago

    Bonal has a Pineau-like base of lightly fermented grape must fortified with brandy, and some flavor notes in common with Pineau, but it's much more assertive, so my riff tastes quite different. I'm open to suggestions for a name.

  • Pompadour   17 weeks 14 hours ago

    That sounds delicious, but as much as I love Bonal, the Pineau is what makes this drink special, so it's really something else entirely and deserving of its own name .

  • Norma Jean   17 weeks 15 hours ago

    I used 3/4 oz cynar as that finished the bottle, and I was also generous with the mint. A little less simple and citrus next time, and I'll keep the extra cynar. I'm revisiting recipes I saved years ago and deleting anything I don't love from my cocktail library; this one stays.

  • Pompadour   17 weeks 19 hours ago

    Drunklab recommended a very nice riff:

    1 1/2 oz Bonal Gentiane Quina
    3/4 oz Jamaican rum (Smith & Cross)
    3/4 oz Rhum agricole
    1/4 oz Lemon juice
    1 d Bittermens Xocalatl Mole bitters
    1 twist lemon

    Very, very nice.

    eGullet reference

  • The Doe's Path   17 weeks 3 days ago

    Outstanding. Used WT101 rye and Dolin dry.

  • French Maid   17 weeks 4 days ago

    Made with a cheap brandy and homemade falernum and it was fantastic. I was trepidatious about shaking the carbonated ginger beer so I added it after the shake. (Does that go without saying, along with the double strain?) 5/5

  • Islay be seeing you   17 weeks 4 days ago

    Asian markets, a lot of the times near the soy sauce.

    Thanks,

    Zachary

  • Border Trilogy   17 weeks 4 days ago

    I added this cocktail to my book just for this comment...And Cormac McCarthy is a great author...but mainly...the comment...

  • Islay be seeing you   17 weeks 4 days ago

    Where might one find Yuzu juice?

  • Tribe of the Horned Heart   17 weeks 5 days ago

    I never saw much need for vanilla syrup (with so many other ingredients, including most brown spirits, having strong vanilla flavors already) but after working with it in my bar I have to admit it has its uses, particularly when paired with white spirits that don't usually get the barrel treatment (kirsch here, but also genever).

    This drink was inspired by a sour from Momofuku Ssam Bar that mixes Smith & Cross with a touch of Laphroaig and a house-made vanilla-clove syrup.

  • Kinsey Report   17 weeks 5 days ago

    As FrogPrincesse points out on eGullet, my suggestion makes a drink very much like Allan Katz' Negroni riff the Rope Burn, which I've since added to the database: http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/rope-burn

    Made with Campari, I too found it syrupy, but no more so than a Negroni, and balanced by the crazy aromas and flavors. Adding another part of dry vermouth sounds like a great idea, however, as I've found that doing that can often elongate and settle all-booze drinks that otherwise have too much going on.

    Unrelatedly, I believe Stew's right about SLK's preferred name for this drink being Patois.

  • Green Hornet   18 weeks 19 hours ago

    Added some El Guapo chicory/pecan bitters. Turned out really nice.

  • For whom the sun rises   18 weeks 1 day ago

    I decided to try this since my bottle of Sibilla hasn't been touched in over a year (it's intense!) and I really like grapefruit juice with other amari such as Cynar. I did make the following substitutions: Luxardo Maraschino as that is what I have, honey syrup instead of simple since it was made, and a pinch of kosher salt instead of making a solution. My grapefruit was pink, but I'd like to try white when I can find one.

    Thoughts: for me, better on the rocks- the extra dilution and chilling softened the bitter and sweet notes. The maraschino was just a bit too dominant. I haven't had Maraska's brand in a couple years but I remember it being mellower. I'm tempted to play with adding a touch of something like Maurin Quina or Gran Classico next time, and maybe a little more lime, but overall this is good.

  • Kinsey Report   18 weeks 2 days ago

    Tried this with Campari and found it needed an additional equal part of dry vermouth to tame the syrupy sweetness.

  • Tribe of the Horned Heart   18 weeks 3 days ago

    The vanilla syrup terrifies me. I need to face my fears.

  • The Ninth Ward   18 weeks 4 days ago

    I've been looking for something to do with my Velvet Falernum, and this is it! What an incredibly well balanced drink. A perfect intro for those that think they don't like bourbon. I've already tricked a few friends into liking a bourbon with this one.

  • Chaplin   18 weeks 4 days ago

    Enjoyed a super tasty variation with Averna instead of Ramazotti and 1/4oz Orancio vermouth instead of triple sec (alt ways to get hint of orange and balance sweetness). Really nice

  • String Theory   18 weeks 5 days ago

    I've just been using Bittermens Hellfire Shrub, though the more heat you can get, I would think the better.

  • Kissed by Fire   18 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks for the edits, Zachary!