101 Best New Cocktails: Two World Hero by Kellie Thorn, Empire State South, Atlanta, GA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Friday, January 8th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

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

Two World Hero30 ml (1 oz) Black Tea-Infused Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac*

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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