101 Best New Cocktails: Two World Hero by Kellie Thorn, Empire State South, Atlanta, GA, USA
Two World Hero
Kellie Thorn, Empire State South, Atlanta, GA, USA
“This is a pretty obvious riff of a Vieux Carré, one of my favorite classics. It’s named for Marquis de Lafayette who was a “two world hero” fighting for both the American and French revolutions. A nod to the use of both French and American ingredients and the inclusion of a tea element which works very well here, but also references the Boston Tea Party.” Kellie Thorn
22.5 ml (.75 oz) rye whiskey (Kellie recommends a bottled-in-bond or other full flavored rye)
22.5 ml (.75 oz) Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
7.5 ml (.25 oz) Red Wine Syrup**
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 mint sprig, as garnish
Stir over ice and strain into a chilled double old-fashioned glass over one block cube. Add the garnish.
*Black Tea-Infused Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac: Infuse 25 grams (1 scant oz) of organic black tea in a 750-ml bottle of Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac for 10 minutes, then strain.
**Red Wine Syrup: Dissolve 200 g (1 cup) of granulated sugar in 240 ml (1 cup) of a robust red wine (we use a quality Malbec). Do not heat the red wine, as it will give cooked flavors that are undesirable.
gaz sez: The Vieux Carré is one of my favorite tipples, too, so it’s no wonder that this recipe caught my eye. I used Redemption Rye when I tested this baby, and the whole thing came together beautifully, with the tea-infused Pierre Ferrand cognac staunchly leading the way, but she allows all of her partners in this drink have their day in the sunshine, too. I think I might try just one more, please . . .
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