Sunday, October 28, 2018

handsome jack

3/4 oz Rittenhouse Bonded Rye
3/4 oz Cognac (Courvoisier VS)
1/2 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Byrrh Quinquina
1/2 tsp Green Chartreuse
1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
2 dash Angostura Bitters
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with lemon oil from a twist.

Two Sundays ago, I perused my drink book shelf and pulled out my copy of The Experimental Cocktail Club where I uncovered the Handsome Jack by Chris Tanner at the E.C.C. in London's Chinatown. Not only was this a fourth split base Manhattan riff in a row, it also featured accents of Green Chartreuse and maple to make for a great Fall drink. That duo of Chartreuse and maple was one that has worked previously in a trio of drinks: the Daiquiri-inspired Cleirmeil, the Old Fashioned-like Truce, and the Jasmine-esque Cat's Pajamas.
The Handsome Jack proffered a lemon oil and brandy bouquet to the nose. Next, Byrrh's grape and Aperol's orange notes on the sip transitioned into rye, Cognac, maple, Green Chartreuse's herbal, and Angostura's clove flavors on the swallow. Indeed, the combination worked well with the Autumnal weather.

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