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