3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Angostura Bitters
1/4 oz Peychaud's Bitters
1/4 oz Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)
Stir without ice and pour into a cocktail glass (building in a cocktail glass and stirring is fine too). Garnish with an orange twist.
For Mixoloseum's Thursday Drink Night last week, the theme was a classic, albeit an obscure classic one -- Scaffas! What's a Scaffa? It is a mixed drink, often a liquor and a liqueur or two, stirred in the absence of ice to cool and dilute it. Historically, bitters and syrups have been considered fair game too; in fact, thinking of it as a Pousse-café that was stirred has been suggested before. It should not, however, be called a proper cocktail for it lacks the water component (a proper cocktail by the early 1800's definition means that it contains spirit, bitters, sugar, and water/ice). For a liqueur, my eyes set on Grand Marnier which is sippable on its own. To build on that, I thought of John Gertsen's Grand Marnier sensation, the Mission of Burma, and Don Lee's non-potable bitter-heavy drink, Don's Little Bitter. Combining aspects of both, I ended up with the Orange Scaffa.