101 Best New Cocktails: Loves Rival by Tim Robinson, Twist London Ltd, London

by Gaz Regan · Monday, February 11th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

Adapted from a recipe by Tim Robinson, Twist London Ltd, London, UK.

“This drink varies wildly with the amount of smoke you use, so go easy at first… You’re looking for smoky undertones, not a bonfire night.” Tim Robinson.Loves Rival

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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