101 Best New Cocktails: Loves Rival by Tim Robinson, Twist London Ltd, London
Adapted from a recipe by Tim Robinson, Twist London Ltd, London, UK.
30 ml (1 oz) Michter’s Single Barrel rye whiskey
20 ml (.66 oz) Punt E Mes
5 ml (.17 oz) simple syrup
Pinch applewood chips
Small pinch finely grated dried lemon rind
Dash Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
1 lemon twist, as garnish
Build the rye, Punt E Mes, and syrup in a Boston glass and load with ice. Prepare the applewood chips and lemon rind into a smoking gun. Hold the tin over the glass and direct a small amount of smoke into the glass. Seal the tin and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupette and drop the bitters onto the finished cocktail. Rim the glass with the twist, then add as garnish.
gaz sez: Heed Tim’s words here—too much smoke can kill this cocktail, but when you get it right, this is one doozy of a drink. The Michter’s forms a fine backbone here, and it stands up to the Punt E Mes very nicely, indeed. Well done, Tim. It’s almost like you know what you’re doing!
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