101 Best New Cocktails: Cold Stare by Peter Vestinos, The Winchester/The BarMedic, Chicago, IL USA

by Gaz Regan · Monday, August 25th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Cold Stare

Peter Vestinos, The Winchester/The BarMedic, Chicago, IL USA.

cold stare peter vestinos

Peter says: “Flavor Profile- Rich, Herbal, Coffee, Smoke, Lush mouth feel from Amaro and Liqueur; finishes bitter-sweet.

“The smoke of the mescal and the floral dark coffee flavors blend beautifully together. The rich flavor of the St. G raspberry liqueur runs beneath all the other elements, typing them to gather and giving a bit of a fresh note to what otherwise could be a heavy cocktail. And the amaro acts as a “brace” to hold the cocktail upright and finish it off with a slight bitter note.   Good for brown spirit drinker.”

45 ml (1.5 oz) Mezcal Pierde Almas La Puritita Verdácold stare

30 ml (1 oz) cold pressed coffee

15 ml (.5 oz) Luxardo Amaro Abano

7.5 ml (.25 oz) St. George Raspberry Liqueur

1 dash Walnut Bitters

Stir over ice for only about 15 turns (should just be slightly diluted and not fully chilled), and strain into a footed rocks glass or coupe.  No garnish.

gaz sez:  I used Fee Brothers’ Black Walnut bitters when testing this, and they brought an interesting dimension to the drink.  The whole thing was pretty confusing, to be honest, but it was also a fascinating experience, and I highly recommend that you take this one out for a spin.  Then order it again, relax, and let it do its thing without concentrating too hard.  You can feel the Cold Stare without turning you head.

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