2 oz Lecompte 5 Year Calvados
1/2 oz House Amer Picon Replica (*)
1/4 oz Cynar
2 dash Housemade Tobacco Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass.
(*) Averna-based and infused with Seville orange peel and other ingredients.
For my nightcap at Craigie on Main, bartender Ted Gallagher made me the Bonsoir. The drink began with the Calvados' apple aroma plus leathery notes from the tobacco bitters. The apple continued on into the sip along with a darker note from some combination of the Cynar and Picon liqueurs. Finally, the liqueur's bitter herbal flavors started the swallow that ended with tobacco notes.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.