101 Best New Cocktails: The Belfast Cocktail by Francis P. Schott, co-owner of Catherine Lombardi and Stage Left restaurants in New Brunswick, NJ.

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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The Belfast Cocktail      

Adapted from a recipe by Francis P. Schott, co-owner of Catherine Lombardi and Stage Left restaurants in New Brunswick, NJ.

“I’ve got a cocktail for your consideration.  It’s called The Belfast Cocktail.  It’s inspired by the Brandy and Port that always seems to end the night when I am in that fair city.  I was recently appointed an official ambassador of the City of Belfast and I’m putting together a sister-city relationship with New Brunswick.  Last month, I had Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to my restaurant, to meet with New Brunswick’s own Mayor Jim Cahill and about 20 or so of our local business and government leaders over a fine lunch in our wine library.  At the invitation of Lord Mayor Ó Muilleoir, in January Mayor Cahill will lead a delegation of a dozen or so business leaders to Belfast. We will attempt to set up some lasting exchanges in our arts, theater, music, financial development, university, government sectors, restaurants and bars (my bailiwick).  At the luncheon in New Brunswick, we served The Belfast Cocktail.  Lord Mayor Ó Muilleoir and all the guests loved it.   In Belfast we will have the same.  It is my hope to see this drink popularized on both cities. Plus it’s delicious. It is on our cocktail menu.” Francis P. Schott

Belfast Cocktail - Copy

1.5 oz Ruby Port

1.5 oz Cognac (Hennessy VS)

.5 oz Poire Williams (Purkhart)                                                                                                   

.5 oz Cinnamon Syrup*

1 dash Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

1 orange twist, as garnish

1 dash Dale DeGroff’s Pimento bitters, as an aromatic garnish

Stir over ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Flame the orange twist and add it to the glass, and add a dash of Dale DeGroff’s Pimento bitters, as an aromatic garnish.

*Cinnamon Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup Water

1 cinnamon stick

Put ingredients into a pan and heat and stir till sugar is dissolved.  Continue to keep over low heat for 5-10 minutes until it becomes cinnamon-y

gaz sez:  Port and Brandy has been a favorite of mine for decades, and this new look at the drink is pretty spectacular.  The Poire Williams give it a fabulous kiss on the lips and bring the whole thing to life.  Nicely done, Francis.

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