101 Best New Cocktails: World Traveler by Frank Caiafa, Peacock Alley, Waldorf=Astoria, New York, NY, USA
Frank Caiafa, Peacock Alley, Waldorf=Astoria, New York, NY, USA
“Created for a guest’s event, this intriguing tipple turned out to be an unintentional nod to the Old Bar. With its Holland Gin and French Vermouth and Italian Bitter (Fernet), along with an American rendition of an old world liqueur, a unique hybrid was found.
“Iris is a fine domestically produced liqueur with high floral notes and a hefty viscosity that stands up to the other ingredients, though the liqueur slot proved to be quite pliable and can be adjusted for personal taste. That said, the Italian Strega liqueur would probably come closest to achieving this profile if the small production Iris is difficult to procure. Its sister product, Calisaya liqueur would also work well. Chartreuse, maraschino, elderflower, and even a curacao such as Grand Marnier would all bring different elements to the table. Either way, I think that this ranks with only a scant few others that we created that take on the tone and soul of the Old Bar’s offerings. If only Mr. O’Connor and Mr. Solon (among the other Old Bar bartenders) were around to tell us different.” Frank Caiafa
22.5 ml (.75 oz) Noilly Prat extra dry vermouth (France)
15 ml (.5 oz) Fernet Branca (Italy)
15 ml (.5 oz) Iris liqueur (United States)
2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
1 lemon twist, as garnish
Stir over ice for 30 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.
gaz sez: Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes! Frank Caiafa’s drinks regularly appear in my 101 BNC lists, and deservedly so, too. And if you read his comments concerning the liqueurs in this formula, you’ll see for your own self that Frank doesn’t have a head on his shoulders, he has mixing glass in its stead—and it’s a mixing glass that knows exactly what it’s doing. Another great drink for the list, Frank!
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