Tuesday, November 9, 2021

free fallin'

1 1/2 oz Bourbon (Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Averna
1/2 oz Maraschino (Luxardo)

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

Two Tuesdays ago, I was perusing Kindred Cocktails when I spotted the Free Fallin' that reminded me a little of the Jukebox Opera at first and then the Brunswick. This recipe was crafted at or before 2014 by Chris Wilkins at Proof on Main in Louisville, Kentucky, and sourced via eGullet.
The Free Fallin' dropped orange oils over Bourbon and dark nutty cherry aromas to the nose. Next, a caramel-driven sip flowed into Bourbon and orange-herbal flavors in the swallow. Indeed, the Maraschino softened the Campari as it had in other drinks, but the balance was perhaps a bit too Maraschino forward in the end result.

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