Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics

Eloquent Gentleman

Eloquent Gentleman


1oz Rye

1oz Gran Classico

1oz Cynar

Peaty Scotch (rinse)

Dash Urban Moonshine Maple bitters

Flamed Orange Twist


Add the rye, Gran Classico, Cynar and maple bitters to a chilled mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well chilled. Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with peaty Scotch (I like Peat Monster or Laphroaig), then strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist.

Peat, smoke, burnt cigar, light citrus notes. Rye spice with rhubarb, orange and complex, earthy, leather and bitter accents tempered by burnt sugar, which progresses to a caramel and maple flavored sweetness. The finish is laced with allspice, dandelion, and a hint of ginger.

Eloquent Gentleman 2


As previously mentioned, I really enjoy Gran Classico, but found that directly substituting it into classics for Campari made for something a bit too sweet for my taste. This held true in one of my favorite cocktails, the Boulevardier. In an attempt to make something a little different, but still keep a similar flavor profile to a Boulevardier, I swapped the bourbon for rye and the sweet vermouth for Cynar.

The rye adds a little more spice and is drier than bourbon. Cynar has some sweet aspects, like vermouth but also has a great bitter finish, similar but milder than Campari. The result is a great tasting variation that tones down the sweetness in the other ingredients to allow the Gran Classico to shine.


Essentially this is a variation of the Boulevardier, so check there to try more possibilities.

5 Responses to “Eloquent Gentleman”

  1. Scott

    Wonderfully bitter/sweet with nice balance by the spice, vanilla and butterscotch from the rye I used, Ri1. Nice post.


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