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.
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.
- 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 cherry
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.