I think FRYL would be a great one to use ... the Compari and bitters have a huge influence on the nose, but the Zin was a nice surprise in how it balanced out that bitterness. I hate to say it, but it is at least as good as the vermouth...
Not really a cocktail but more of a potent herbal tea recipe i modified for my cough by adding hooch, which I consider the best medicine on the market, anyway as most of you guys a heading into winter I thought I would share this recipe, its a strong mix and really knocks any stubborn coughs about, and doesnt taste too bad either!
Steep a bunch of fresh thyme in a cup of boiling water for 5 mins, then add:
1tbsp of Manuka Honey
1 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tsp of grated ginger
1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1 oz of brandy
Strain into mug
Sipping on a Lion's Tail, made with the dregs of a bottle of BMH, juice of 1/2 a lemon, and a little All-Spice Dram, stirred in a tumbler with a big cube and finished with a dash of Angostura. Autumnal and appropriate.
Made a new cocktail last night with the following:
3 oz OGD 114
2-3 oz fresh apple cider
.5 oz maple syrup.
Few dashes of angostura
Shaken with ice and poured over a cube with a lemon peel and small sprinkle of cinnamon. Very tasty
I'll probably go to H.E. Double HockeySticks for this, but I did enjoy an Angry Orchard Crisp Apple mixed with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, yesterday at Thanksgiving Festivities... I hope my admission here, acts as some sort of Confession, and my sin will be forgiven....
"Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama
As sinful as it is to drink Fireball, I think it's a sin that you're immediately absolved from. That stuff is too irresistible to hold it against the drinker.
"To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
Manhattan with ETL, Carpano Antica, Angostura and chocolate chili bitters. The chocolate chili bitters give it a great holiday flavor.