101 Best New Cocktails: Ambré Carré by Agostino Galli, Lacerba, Milano, Italy

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Ambré Carré

Agostino Galli, Lacerba, Milano, Italy

“I created this drink as a thank you for a present from a dear friend of mine, Claudio, who took three bottles of Noilly Prat Ambré from Noilly Prat distillery as a present for the bar staff. He likes France and strong dry drinks, so I also tried to celebrate a really good drink like Vieux Carré and that concept of mixing.

From the Bulleit rye I feel the spices coming to the forefront helped by the sweet cinnamon, candied orange, Sauternes wine of Ambré vermouth. These are followed by hints of peaches and cherries, which work perfectly with the wood taste of Hennessey.  that help the strong and long finish. Balsamic notes follow, and the spices in the Absinthe lift above the meld of herbs with a refreshing taste, and give complex aromas. The Gran Classico aromas present a multi-faceted bitter-sweet viscosity, highlighted by sweet rhubarb, the bitter of gentian root and orange peel blend with wormwood, vanilla and resin-y notes. It helps me to balance and alternates between the sweet and bitter. Lemon oil completes the picture.” Agostino Galli

Ambre-Carre - Copy30 ml (1 oz) Bulleit rye whiskey

30 ml (1 oz) Hennessey cognac

30 ml (1 oz) Noilly Prat Ambré vermouth

10 ml (.33 oz) Gran Classico Bitter

2 dashes The Bitter Truth orange bitters

1 dash Absinthe (Agostino prefers Duplais Verte)

1 lemon twist, as garnish

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

gaz sez:  Here’s one of those recipes that doesn’t make a great deal of sense on paper, but drinks beautifully in the glass.  Make me just one more, please . . .


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