101 Best New Cocktails: Spanish Leather by Courtney Randall, Vito’s, Seattle, WA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Spanish Leather

Courtney Randall, Vito’s, Seattle, WA, USA

“I came up with this drink while considering how Ancho Reyes would play off of gin. The brandy helps smooth out the rougher edges and plays nicely with the sherry.” Courtney Randall

Spanish Leather45 ml (1.5 oz) Hayman’s Old Tom gin

15 ml (.5 oz) Lustau Spanish brandy

15 ml (.5 oz) Ancho Reyes

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Lustau amontillado sherry

1 lemon twist, as garnish

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

gaz sez: Okay guys, listen up, this is a fabulous example of original thinking. Old Tom—and a damned fine Old Tom at that—brandy, sherry, and an ancho chile liqueur. Who in tarnation would think to put these ingredients together? Courtney Randall would. That’s who. And it’s a damned fine thing, too. Spanish leather will have a spot in my recipe book any old day.


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