While foraging for Irish whiskey cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day, I came across this one I had forgotten about, an original by Dave Wondrich, appearing in his book Killer Cocktails:
2 ounces Irish whiskey.
1 ounce Lillet blanc.
1 teaspoon Cointreau.
2 dashes orange bitters.
Stir and strain, lemon twist.
This follows Dave’s formula for creating new cocktails from the various contents of your bar. It doesn’t always work, but it works most of the time, sometimes really well.
The basic recipe template is:
2 ounces base spirit (whiskey, rum, tequila, gin, genever, brandy, whatever), 1 ounce aromatized wine (vermouth, port, sherry, quinquina, Lillet, Dubonnet, etc.), 1 teaspoon/barspoon liqueur, and 1-2 dashes bitters. Start digging in your liquor cabinet and give it a try sometime.