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 for Peychaud’s fans.  The name is taken from prohibition where bitters were a “loophole” source of alcohol, as they were considered a medicine, and not drinkable by themselves in significant quantities.

Loophole Cocktail in Coupe Glass

1 ounce Peychaud’s bitters
1 ounce orgeat syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce 100-proof Rye

Shake on ice and strain into a coupe glass.  Garnish with lemon, if you find it necessary.  I personally think the redness of the cocktail itself is more than enough for presentation.