Toronto

For those who are looking for an introduction to Fernet Branca, the strongly herbal Italian amaro, the Toronto is a great way to start.  The way that the Angostura and Fernet play together is delightful.  They rye provides a great backbone and the simple syrup make the balance perfect.  This would be perfect for a…

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Bee’s Knees

This one is a Prohibition Era cocktail that was originally intended to mask the flavor of poor quality “bathtub” gins.  However with a good gin this one is even better, a nice and refreshing, slightly boozy cocktail. 2 oz Gin 1 oz Lemon Juice 1/2 oz Honey Syrup (use syrup, cold honey doesn’t dissolve well)…

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Imperial Cocktail

Although I have seen a few cocktails bearing the name “Imperial Cocktail”, this is a variation I find that is a good mix of sour and refreshing.  Although this is essentially a gimlet with the addition of Aperol, I would recommend against using all Rose’s lime juice as it adds a bit too much sugar….

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Loophole

The Loophole is a drink that is analogous to the early discussed Trinidad Sour that essentially replaces the Angostura with Peychaud’s bitters.  This drink replaces the clove-cinnamon like herbal flavor with the slightly sweeter more anise-medicinal flavor of Peychaud’s. This is a bitters-forward cocktail that you don’t see very often but is a definite must-try…

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