Steve’s entry for the Monteleone Cocktail contest.
New-cocktail contests usually have stipulations: use this spirit, use that liqueur, make it in this style. But the famed Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, which is sponsoring such a contest, confounds the rules; there are none. You have 2 days left to enter, so please read about it here.
Here is Steve’s entry:
1 1/2 ounces cognac
1 ounce Carpano Antica vermouth
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/8 teaspoon Fernet Branca
lemon twist, as garnish
Shake in ice for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Add twist.
There are so many things we love about this recipe, most important, tasting how incredibly smooth and balanced it is as the sweet, sour, and bitter notes dance around your mouth. If you want more than a twist, try a thinly sliced lemon wheel. Its shape will mimic the Carousel Bar where it will be served. Cheers and Bottoms Up!