101 Best New Cocktails: 1831 by Tim Laferla, Red Bar @ Bam-Bou, London, UK

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015


Tim Laferla, Red Bar @ Bam-Bou, London, UK

“I created this drink in celebration of Martell cognac’s tri-centenary this year, with the vision of becoming a ‘future classic.’ It’s a simple drink with bold flavours that celebrate all the different aroma and taste notes that one looks for in a great VSOP cognac. The name 1831 refers to the year that the house of Martell first released their VSOP expression.” Tim Laferla

1831 - Copy50 ml (1.7 oz) Martell VSOP cognac

20 ml (.66 oz) Cocchi Vermouth de Torino

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Cherry Heering

2 dashes coffee bitters

1 brandied cherry, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  I get so few cognac-based drinks in my mailbox, and this one, very simple in design, shows a great sense of balance between all four ingredients.  And I love that Tim didn’t overthink this.  He found a formula that worked, and he didn’t let it get out of hand.

Out of interest I also tried this with Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Orinoco Bitters, instead of the coffee bitters, and the result was an entirely new drink, but one that was equally worthy of a chilled glass.

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