101 Best New Cocktails: King Louie the 4th by Anthony DeSerio, Sticks & Stones, Uncasville, CT, USA

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

King Louie the 4th

Anthony DeSerio, Sticks & Stones, Uncasville, CT, USA

“This is one of the most recent cocktails I’ve put together. I wanted to put a hefty twist on a Vieux Carré and the honey flavors of Monkey Shoulder were on my mind. I thought of honey and ginger. So instead of American whiskey, Cognac and sweet vermouth, I subbed these all out for a lovely gateway blended scotch, ginger cognac, and port cut with Lillet. The chocolate bitters pull all the flavors together. This silky tannic twist gets its name from my friend’s favorite monkey, King Louie [from Disney’s 1967 adaptation of The Jungle Book], and the French Quarter of NOLA where the origins of this cocktail spun off from.” Anthony DeSerio

King Louie the 4th30 ml (1 oz) Monkey Shoulder scotch whisky

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Domaine de Canton French ginger liqueur

15 ml (.5 oz) Taylor Fladgate 10 year old tawny port

15 ml (.5 oz) Lillet Rouge

1 teaspoon Bénédictine

4 to 5 drops chocolate mole bitters

1 skewered maraschino cherry, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  I featured this one on scotchwhisky.com in March, 2016, and told Anthony that, since he already had one drink in this year’s book, I couldn’t include this one too.  Then I tasted it again and said screw it! This drink is far too good to not list in 101BNC. Don’t just trust me on this. Try it. You won’t regret it. Honest.


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