101 Best New Cocktails: Perfect 10, Josh Powell, Somerset House, Bristol, England, UK

by Gaz Regan · Friday, October 24th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

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Josh Powell, Somerset House, Bristol, England, UK

“I wanted to make a fruity twist on a Manhattan with great body and depth. In my recipe I used Slider which is cider infused with the “highly alcoholic sloes” that Bramley and Gage used to make sloe gin.  It’s a bit of a local ingredient so sloe gin works just as well if you can’t get hold of it,” Josh Powell.Perfect 10 Josh Powell

50 ml (1.7 oz) Bulleit rye whiskey

10 ml (.3 oz) Punt e Mes

10 ml (.3 oz) Bramley and Gage Slider or Sloe Gin

5 ml (1 teaspoon) Bitter Truth Elixier  (E**X**R in the USA)

1 orange twist, as an aromatic garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled coupe.  Release the oilds from the orange twist on top of the drink, and discard the twist.

gaz sez:  This is a great twist on the Manhattan, and it owes much to the Bulleit rye—a very sturdy whiskey, indeed.  That said, the Bitter Truth Elixier  (E**X**R in the USA) brings much to the party, too, even though it’s added in a very small quantity.  The whole drink, in fact, is very well balanced and it’s very deserving of a 101 BNC badge.

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