101 Best New Cocktails: Bonfire Banger by Benji Ryde, RYND Bar & Kitchen, Reading, Berkshire, UK

by Gaz Regan · Friday, November 27th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Bonfire Banger

Benji Ryde, RYND Bar & Kitchen, Reading, Berkshire, UK

“How to create a bonfire atmosphere? Wrap flash string around the coupe at the stem and run it through the back of a coaster made of sculpted foil. After you’ve served the drink, use a smoking gun to add Applewood smoke, then light the flash string. Serve with toasted marshmallows.” Benji Ryde

Bonfire Banger45 ml (1.5 oz) Talisker 10 Year Old Scotch whisky

15 ml (.5 oz) Bénédictine

10 ml (.33 oz) Cherry Heering

4 dashes Angostura bitters

2 dashes Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters

1 orange twist, as garnish

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

gaz sez: For those who aren’t aware of Bonfire Night, it rolls around every year on November 5th in the UK (mainly in England, I think). Bonfires are built, and effigies of Guy Fawkes, a man involved in a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, are burned at the stake. Those Brits have long memories! And the name of this drink—Bonfire Banger—refers to exploding fireworks that are commonly ignited on Bonfire Night, as it’s commonly known.

This drink is a beauty, and its composition is right up my alley. I love every single ingredient in this baby, but I must single out the Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters as stealing the show here—they bring everything together in complete harmony. The dastardly Joe Fee knows what he’s doing!

 

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