101 Best New Cocktails: Roark’s Laughter by Chris Harrington, Subject, NYC

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, December 26th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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Roark’s Laughter

Adapted from a recipe by Chris Harrington, Subject, NYC

roarks laughter

“After countless years of making, shaking and sipping cocktails I had to come to admit that Root Beer is my favorite thing to drink in the whole world.  I’ve finally figured out how to make cognac and genever taste as much like Stewarts Root Beer as possible.  The drink was named after the first line in the book The Fountainhead.  The character, Howard Roark, laughs and his laughter is supposed to represent a complete lack of worry or concern. It’s the representation of calculated freedom and the absence of trouble in your mind.  Root Beer.  Root Beer reminds me of those sort of moments in childhood when you crack open an A&W and chase a bag of cheese fries during the summer months.  School is over and your only concern in the world is how high you can climb a tree or something,” Chris Harrington.

1.25 oz Bols Genever

.75 oz Pierre Ferrand Cognac

.5 oz fresh lemon juice

.75 Root Beer Honey*

2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters**

Shake over ice and strain into an ic-filled old-fashioned glass.

*Root Beer Honey:  mix 16 oz clover honey and .125 oz root beer oil extract in 16 oz hot water.  Mix well, all ow to cool, and refrigerate.

**Aromatic Bitters: 50/50 Angostura/Fee Brothers Aromatic bitters

gaz sez:   And here we have the last recipe to be chosen for this batch of 101 Best New Cocktails.  Last, but certainly not least.  We’re going out with a bang this year.  It’s tough to describe this particular drink, but I think it might be the cognac that plays referee to the genever and the root-beer in this one.  Somehow these two ingredients throw punches till the end of round one, then decide to stop fighting, and circle the ring hand-in-hand, instead.  Pretty impressive!

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