1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Aperol
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass spritzed with Medjool date essence.
For my second drink at Eastern Standard last week, bartender Hugh Fiore said that he had a rum drink that was inspired by his trip to Manhattan's Death & Co. bar. After hearing the ingredients, it sounded like a Smith & Cross Rum version of the gin-based Negroni variant, the Contessa. Given that Smith & Cross makes most everything taste better, I was game.