Friday, October 23, 2020

metal urbain

1 3/4 oz Cognac (Pierre Ferrand Ambre)
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Amaro Nardini
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
2 dash Chocolate or Mole Bitters (Bittermens)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.

Two Fridays ago, I was feeling creative, and I was inspired by the Punt e Mes-Amaro Nardini combination in the Carroll Gardens that also appears in a number of cocktails including the Six Inch Gold Blade, Mutiny Suppressor, and Gianopulos. The richness and depth of my Pierre Ferrand Cognac seemed like a great parallel to the way Amaro Nardini comes across in a drink, and from there, I opted for Green Chartreuse as an accent for it teamed up wonderfully with Nardini in the Green Hornet and Key Party, and for chocolate bitters to augment that note in both the Nardini and the Cognac (plus, Green Chartreuse and chocolate are a match made in heaven). Given the two French ingredients, I dubbed this one after one of the first French punk bands, Métal Urbain, whose album was a cult hit at the radio station I worked at in graduate school.
The Métal Urbain approached the nose with an orange, mint-like herbal, and Cognac bouquet. Next, caramel and grape flavors mingled on the sip, and the swallow showcased the Cognac and the interplay of the gentle and more rounded bitter notes of the Nardini and Punt e Mes with the more herbal Green Chartreuse and the chocolate flavors.

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