2 oz Eagle Rare Bourbon
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino
2 dash Regan's Orange Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
For my second cocktail at the Grand Marnier event at Drink, I asked Josey Packard to make me the Root of All Evil. This drink was created by Jeff Grdinich of the White Mountain Cider Company (Bartlett, NH) as his take on Chuck Taggart's Hoskins. Besides switching the base spirit from gin to bourbon, Jeff replaced the sweet orange and bitter orange flavors from Cointreau and Amer Picon, respectively, with Grand Marnier and Fernet Branca to simulate the flavors.
On the sip, my taste buds sensed a lot of orange and complex bitter and mentholly flavors on the sip fading into the Maraschino cherry notes on the swallow. The bourbon and perhaps the Grand Marnier gave the drink a bit more richness than I remember a Hoskins having. When Andrea tried my drink, she specifically commented on the mint and chocolate flavors most likely from the Fernet Branca. It was definitely interesting to see how Jeff uses Fernet Branca and Grand Marnier to approximate Amer Picon while Eastern Standard uses Luxardo Fernet, Cynar, and Clement Creole Shrubb to do the same.