Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Brooklyn Cocktail

This drink has some notable variations from its neighbor, The Manhattan. One is the almost impossible to find Amer Picon bitters. What I have here is the milder Picon Biere, which has a nice bitter orange flavor and dark brown color. It isn't a s strong as Amer Picon, but you won't find anything like the original in the U.S. for now.

The drink itself is sweeter than a Manhattan. I recommend making it with rye so that you don't confuse the flavors with vanilla in the bourbon. What you experience is that sugary nuttiness of rye whiskey with bitter orange from Picon, bitter maraschino from Luxardo, and a general dry wine flavor of dry vermouth. It is a complex drink that is more than the sum of its parts. I think I like it as much as a Manhattan, but they are just so different, it's impossible to decide.
  • 1 1/2 oz. rye
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. Luxardo
  • 1/4 oz. Amer Picon (Picon Biere used)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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