Cocktail Recipe – The Best Laid Plans Cocktail
When your best laid plans hit a snag or face an unexpected turn in the road or are met with an unusual obstacle or even deflate under the pressure everyone’s well meant expectations, it is likely time for drink. Might I suggest this humble offering; The Best Laid Plans cocktail.
The Best Laid Plans cocktail is a simple but bittersweet variation on the venerable Perfect Manhattan with Cocchi Americano standing in for the dry vermouth. Cocchi Americano brings both the bitter and the sweet with its herbal meets orange characteristics and plays off the latent black pepper and orange tones brought to the party by Bulleit Rye. The sweetness and weight of the Cocchi required that I rethink the sweet vermouth in this drink. For a Perfect Manhattan at home, I often opt for Carpano Antica Formula which itself is bittersweet with a weighty viscosity which I thought would be too muddy for the final cocktail. Instead, I turned Cinzano Rosso which I normally find lacks complexity and body, precisely what I was looking for. Cinzano Rosso is slightly herbal and sweet but that’s it, characteristics which played very well in this drink. I finish the drink with a few drops of Agnostura and a lemon peel to add brightness above the aforementioned orange notes.
So should the world turn slightly askew tossing your best laid plans asunder, salute the randomness of it all by toasting to and with The Best Laid Plans.
The Best Laid Plans Cocktail
2 ounces of Bulleit Rye Whiskey
1 ounce of Cocchi Americano
1 ounce of Cinzano Rosso or other unidimensional sweet vermouth
4 drops Agnostura
1 lemon peel
Add all ingredients except lemon peel to an ice filled cocktail shaker and stir patiently until very cold (count to twenty if you need to be objective about this). Wipe the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with the lemon peel. Strain ingredients into the cocktail glass and garnish with the lemon peel.
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