101 Best New Cocktails: Aromatherapy Cocktail by Julien Escot, Papa Doble, Montpellier, France

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

Aromatherapy Cocktail

Adapted from a recipe by Julien Escot, Papa Doble, Montpellier, France.

“The Xanté pear liqueur inspires me a lot. This cocktail has a long aromatic intensity, perfect for altering mind, mood or cognitive function of a person!” Julien Escot.

50 ml (1.65 oz) Hennessy Fine de Cognac

20 ml (.66 oz) The Bitter Truth Elixier

15 ml (.5 oz) Xanté pear liqueur

1 cinnamon stick, broken in two

1 star anise

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice (with the cinnamon and the star anise in the mixing glass) and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with extra-cold solid ice. Squeeze the twist over the drink, then add as garnish.

gaz sez: I love the Xanté pear liqueur, too, and it plays a major role in this drink. It’s the Bitter Truth’s Elixier, though, that holds everything together as far as I’m concerned. This is another case of keeping it simple in order to produce a complex potion.

This is one of 2012’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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