3/4 oz Apple Brandy (Laird's Bonded)
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth (Dolin)
1/4 oz Strega
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
Two Thursdays ago, I was looking through Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide 75th anniversary edition and I spotted a familiar looking recipe called Autumn Leaves. Since Mr. Boston often has no attribution, I sought the assistance of Google and then realized why it was familiar -- it was one of Jeffrey Morganthaler's drinks. Jeff wrote about this one for Mixology Monday "New Orleans" back in July 2008, the month before I submitted my first Mixology Monday post but when I was certainly reading all the entries. It was his riff on the Vieux Carré when he had a sparse home bar on hand. The original utilized cinnamon tincture that the book converted to Angostura Bitters; Fee's Whiskey Barrel Bitters would probably have been a better approximation here.