Thursday, June 3, 2021

the undertaker

1 1/2 oz Fighting Cock 103° Bourbon (1 3/4 oz Old Forester 100°) (*)
1/2 oz Grand Marnier (Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao)
1/4 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist.
(*) Most other versions of this recipe call for Eagle Rare. I bumped up the volume slightly to make it a full 3 oz build which would have been the standard at Drink.

Two Thursdays ago, I spied the Undertaker on Kindred Cocktails that was created by Misty Kalkofen then of Drink for the 2009 Grand Marnier & Navan Mixology Summit in Vail, Colorado. The structure reminded me of the Brown Derby, but instead of honey, this had the Cynar-orange liqueur duo that has worked well in drinks like the Educated Lady, Hugo Ball, and Doff Your Hat. In fact, it reminded me of the Bitter End which has gin and grapefruit bitters instead of Bourbon.
I have no evidence that Misty is a wrestling fan, so I assume that it was named in the spirit of the other profession cocktails created at Drink during that time such as the Prosecutor. In the glass, the Undertaker dug up an orange, grapefruit, and Bourbon aroma. Next, grapefruit and orange notes turned over on the sip, and the swallow heaped on Bourbon and funky orange flavors with a grapefruit finish.

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