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