Wednesday, November 4, 2020


3/4 Bourbon (2 oz Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
1/4 Amer Picon (1/2 oz Torani Amer)
1 dash Maple Syrup (1/4 oz here, next time 1/8 oz)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Wednesdays ago, I spotted as a note in Frank Caiafa's The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book that there was a variation on the classic Liberal Cocktail in Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up. Therefore, I retrieved my 1954 edition and found this twist that utilized maple syrup in place of sweet vermouth and orange bitters. Once the recipe crafted at the Colony Restaurant in New York City was stirred and strained, this Liberal Cocktail proffered lemon, maple, and dark orange aromas. Next, maple's richness and the whiskey's malt filled the sip, and the swallow continued on with Bourbon and dark bitter orange flavors on the swallow with a maple finish.

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