Golden Dog by Matt Piacentini, ‘inoteca liquori bar,New York City

by Gaz Regan · Friday, June 8th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

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Golden Dog

Adapted from a recipe by Matt Piacentini, ‘inoteca liquori bar,New York City.

“Very light and ethereal, the apricot and smoke of the Talisker seem to dance in the air over a soft bed of rich and deep earthy undertones. If you want to make it a little richer, say on a cold night, substitute the Lillet with Bonal. Please resist the urge to stir. The flavors won’t blend.” Matt Piacentini.

45 ml (1.5 oz) Talisker 10 Year Old scotch whisky

15 ml (.5 oz) Rothman & Winter orchard apricot liqueur

15 ml (.5 oz) Lillet Blanc

15 ml (.5 oz) Bénédictine

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

gaz sez:  I’m a sucker for Talisker so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this number.  I trotted down to Painter’s, my local in the Hudson Valley, got behind the stick in their Gallery bar, which is used only on special occasions, and put this one together just a couple of days after receiving the recipe.  Then I made a second one and got Pete Buttiglieri, one of the two brothers who owns the joint and a great friend of mine, to join me.  We had a grand old afternoon.  Nice drink, Matt.

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