So far, I’ve made just a few classic bourbon cocktails, such as Old Fashions and Manhattan. But yet twists exclusively. I wanted to make a kind of strong ‘classic’ drink, which I’d love to have back home. For those who know, the kinda ‘Mountain Man‘ cocktail you can have at Candelaria (Paris), or ‘Billy Holiday‘ at Curio Parlor (Paris), or even a smoky ‘Chesterfield‘ at ECC Paris… but more bitter.
So I did mine with the large choice of ingredients I have at home.
For a 1st trial, I liked the idea of starting my drink based on the Candelaria’s ‘Mountain Man‘, an elegant, simple, round, succulent and hedonist (“gourmand” in french) drink that you’d love to drink single sipped (but as u have a brain you don’t).
I decided to use that Bourbon/Bonal (sweet vermouth from France) combination but with a different ratio : the ECC’s “Chesterfield” sounded more suitable to me according to the next elements I’ll add.
Herbal notes, that’s what I was looking for. I tried few different ratios with Chartreuse but this ingredients was way too strong and sweet to me, and way too sweet : I diminished the quantity and add a dash of Vegetal Elixir.
To that result I definitely wanted to add bitterness : not by adding Bitters, but proper Amaro (to enhance sweetness as well). Lots of amaros have orange peel notes, and to avoid that (you will get why later), I’ve chosed Cynar, the famous artichoke amaro.
Bitter and zest : even if it marries perfectly to those kind of drinks and ingredient, I have decided not to use Orange : it melts so well and enhance sweetness, which I’d like to break. I then tried out with grapefruits, and know what? That works.
Final : Griottine breaks pretty well the sweetness, and furthermore : bitterness of the drink with sour notes.
Anyways, try out that recipe and let me know what do you think about it.
PS : it’s in this kind of situation and drinks I am glad I’ve worked, long, in Music and Sound’s Harmonies.
I get back to the basic “rules” and equilibrium somehow
- 50ml Bourbon Whiskey
- 20ml Bonal Sweet Vermouth
- 0,5oz. Cynar Amaro
- 2tsp. Chartreuse Vertes
- Dash : Elixire Vegetal de la Grande Chartreuse
- 2 Dashes : Grapefruit Bitter
- Garnish : Grapefruit Zest, Griottine
- Add all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice, Stir
- Strain into a cocktail glass
- Zest the Grapefruit and garnish