101 Best New Cocktails: Inkwell by Ryan Haile, Bocanova, Oakland, CA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014


Ryan Haile, Bocanova, Oakland, CA, USA

“I like the idea of shrubs. That sharp acidity with those notes of savory. The balsamic, simple, and grapefruit juice recreate that for me.  Johnny Drum is a savory whiskey to me, which could only be complimented by a sharper flavors like the aged balsamic. The cocktail is briny, and bitter, subtly sweet, and has enough of the over-proof  (50.5 % abv) bourbon in there to keep a bite in the drink. The orange peel brightens the senses a bit and allows the drink to also be refreshing, while the angostura and balsamic add a nice deep, almost black like hue to the drink which makes it seem you’re drinking from an ….inkwell.” Ryan Haile

60 ml (2 oz) Johnny Drum bourbonInkwell

30 ml (1 oz) grapefruit juice

15 ml (.5 oz) Metista aged balsamic vinegar

15 ml (.5 oz) simple syrup

15 ml (.5 oz) Angostura bitters

1 orange twist, as garnish

Shake over ice and fine strain into an ice-filled double old-fashioned glass.  Add the garnish, expressing the oils over the top of the cocktail.

gaz sez:  Ryan Haile is one very brave bartender. HALF AN OUNCE of vinegar?  HALF AN OUNCE of Angostura?  He pulls it off, though, and although this drink won’t suit everyone’s tastes, it sure as hell suited me, and I just know there are plenty of folk out there who would order this drink over and over again

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