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CrispyCritter
11-15-2006, 19:16
I took the basic idea of the Red Hook, and twisted it a bit.

I used OGD BIB instead of a straight rye, and substituted Luxardo Triplum triple sec instead of maraschino liqueur, but still used Punt e Mes for the vermouth. A couple of dashes of Peychaud's bitters topped it off.
3 measures OGD BIB
1 measure Punt e Mes
1/2 measure Triplum (Cointreau would also work very well here!)
2 dashes Peychaud's
Garnish with a cherryStir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.

:drink: :yum:

This is a bit less sweet than the Red Hook (and my RH recipe uses more Punt e Mes and less maraschino than standard). The bitter orange of the triple sec dovetails nicely with the amaro of the Punt e Mes, while the bourbon balances the drink out nicely - and the Peychaud's adds its own distinctive touch.

I'd recommend a high quality triple sec, not a cheap industrial variety. Luxardo or Cointreau, please. Quality booze makes quality cocktails!

Of course, it needs a name. Orange Hook, to reflect its Red Hook roots? Or, to take it to Chicago but keep the waterfront theme (Red Hook is a waterfront neighborhood in Brooklyn), the Lakeview? I'm too much of South Sider, though; I live south of I-80, after all, and Lakeview is very North Side. Hmm... I'll call it the South Shore.