101 Best New Cocktails: Late City Night by Leonardo Todisco, Lacerba, Milano , Italy

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, March 8th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

 Late City Night

Leonardo Todisco, Lacerba, Milano , Italy

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“Based on a concept of ‘an old fashioned cocktail without sugar,’ [this drink is]  balanced and enriched with a combination of liqueurs.  [It’s] a fresh, herbal and slightly spicy old-fashioned.” Leonardo Todisco

75 ml (2.5 oz) Old Overholt straight rye whiskeyLate City Night - Copy

15 ml (.5 oz) Galliano liqueur

10 ml (.33 oz) Strega liqueur

1 bar spoon Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Spanish bitters

2 dashes The Bitter Truth’s orange bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 lemon twist, as garnish

1 orange twist, as garnish

1 sage leaf, as garnish

Build in an ice-filled double old-fashioned glass, and stir well to mix.  Add the garnishes.

gaz sez:  I love the idea of using liqueurs instead of sugar in an Old-Fashioned, and the Strega and Galliano work well with the rye whiskey here.  I didn’t have Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Spanish bitters n hand when I tested this so I used Dale DeGroff’s Pimiento bitters as a substitute.  Not because I thought they’d be similar, but because that was the bottle that caught my eye.  Worked well for me!  The formula for this drink is well worth experimentation with other liqueurs, and other bitters.

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