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MB Cocktail Contest: Chris Stanley vs. Bob Schmitt

MB Cocktail Contest: Chris Stanley vs. Bob Schmitt

Chris Stanley

1 oz. Bourbon (a quality bottling such as Bulleit, Eagle Rare, etc.)
1/2 oz. Fernet Branca
1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton liqueur
1/2 oz. fresh Lemon juice
1/4 oz. Petite Canne Sugarcane syrup (sub. 2 Tsp 1:1 Demerara/Raw sugar Simple)
Lemon twist

1. Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with plenty of ice.
2. Shake well (~15 seconds).
3. Fine-strain, up into a chilled cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with the Lemon twist.

Bob Schmitt

The key here is the quality/quantity of bourbon against the splash size of Roses and Cointreau. The bitters and cherry syrup are critical and cannot be left out. To dry it out, reduce quantity of vermouth.

In an Old Fashioned glass:

-2oz Bourbon, preferably Woodford's Reserve or Jim Beam Black.
-2 tbsp Dry Vermouth
-Splash Roses Lime Juice
-Splash Cointreau
-4 dashes, Angostura bitters
-1/4 tsp maraschino cherry syrup

Garnish with
-Orange peel, 3 inch curl
-Maraschino cherry

Winner: Bob Schmitt
Score: 5-0
Game Summary: The Canton turned out to be too perfumey and gingery. Would make an excellent oral anesthetic. Bob Schmitt's cocktail had great nose, and while the tongue wasn't quite equal, still enough to win unanimously.

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The classic Negroni is simply equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. You can do better.

  • 5 parts Plymouth gin
  • 2 parts Campari
  • 1 part Pimm's No. 1 Cup
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

Quick shake or stir and pour into chilled Martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

In-Depth Negroni Coverage:

Magnificent Bartender: Negroni


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