Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics

Eloquent Gentleman

Eloquent Gentleman

Ingredients:

1oz Rye

1oz Gran Classico

1oz Cynar

Peaty Scotch (rinse)

Dash Urban Moonshine Maple bitters

Flamed Orange Twist

Instructions:

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.

Notes:
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


History:

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.

Variations:

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

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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.

    Reply

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