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.
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.