101 Best New Cocktails: Windsor Knot by Richard Yarnall, Orange County Bartenders’ Cabinet, CA.

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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Cocktail picture by Joey Maloney

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Windsor Knot

Adapted from a recipe by Richard Yarnall, Orange County Bartenders’ Cabinet, CA.

“This drink was conceptualized on the fly for a guest at the bar one night. He wanted something with bourbon that’s bitter. I thought I’d try this Vieux Carre riff as the cognac sweetens up the rye and makes it feel more “bourbon-y.” The recipe was refined in the coming weeks with the help of a few friends. The guest’s name was Doug. The friends are Proprietors. Thanks guys,” Richard Yarnall.

 

Picture by Tatsu Oiye

Picture by Tatsu Oiye

1 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac

1 oz George Dickel Rye

0.5 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth

0.5 oz Cynar

1 tsp Bénédictine

Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with one huge ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.

gaz sez:  Right up my alley is this drink.  Not an ingredient out of place—this sucker is perfectly executed, brilliantly balanced, and a damned good quaff to boot.  Nicely done, Richard.

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2 Responses to “101 Best New Cocktails: Windsor Knot by Richard Yarnall, Orange County Bartenders’ Cabinet, CA.”

  1. Laura Slye says:

    Delicious! My fireplace calls!

  2. I can’t wait to try and recreate this masterpiece. Everything Mr. Yarnell creates becomes a staple in my recipe book.

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