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