101 Best New Cocktails: Keen-A On You by Donny Clutterbuck, Good Luck, Rochester, NY, USA

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, July 9th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Keen-A On You

Donny Clutterbuck, Good Luck, Rochester, NY, USA

“I’ve been putting damn near everything into the daiquiri build structure, and this has been one of my absolute favorites. I love the complexity that a high-proof, whiskey-like, grape- and floral-tasting cognac adds to the mix. The China China adds a bit more depth of flavor, and integrates seamlessly with the Force 53.” Donny Clutterbuck

Keen-A on You45 ml (1.5 oz) Louis Royer Force 53 VSOP cognac

15 ml (.5 oz) Bigallet China China

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh fine-strained lime juice

22.5 ml (.75 oz) demerara syrup (1:1)

1 lime peel, as garnish

Shake vigorously over ice until the shaker frosts over (and maybe even then some). Double-strain into a chilled coupe and add the garnish.

gaz sez:  I’d never tried Bigallet China China before, and I found it on-line at K&L Wines. Their web site describes it thusly: “This is truly the quintessential bitter French liqueur. They start with high quality neutral spirit. Both bitter and sweet orange peels are macerated in the base spirit before being distilled. Then they do it again. Wait, then they do it one more time. Then they add more peels, spices, botanicals, etc. A small amount of sugar is used to balance the bitter and stabilize the color. This is the Franco-phonic answer to Amaro and it is so so good. Truly a special treat for anyone smart enough to include this in their shopping list. It can also be used as a substitute for bitter liqueurs in various cocktails, vermouth and amaro alike.”

That said, then, this cocktail rocks.  It’s well worth investing in a bottle of Bigallet China China just to experience this baby.  Trust me on this.


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