1 12 oz Gin, St. George Terroir
34 oz Cynar
12 oz Bianco Vermouth, Dolin
2 ds Celery bitters, Bitter Truth Celery
Stir, strain, cocktail glass, garnish with a celery leaf (optional).
From other users
  • no more than 4 dashes celery bitters Original rating of 3 wasn't with Terroir. With Terroir, 3 1/2 — ☆☆☆
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1 Comment

This drink caught me by

This drink caught me by surprise, mostly because--I think--I've been drinking and loving amaro-based drinks for the last month. The Aristocrat is decidedly different from those wonderful amari; it's sweeter and lighter in taste. I would drink the Aristocrat before dinner or on a lazy do-nothing afternoon.

There are several reasons why I like this drink: The greatest reason is the St. George terroir gin, which is exquisite to say the least. Its label reads like a who's who in the botanical world: "Douglas fir, California bay laurel, fennel, coastal sage, orris root, angelica root, juniper berries, and other profoundly aromatic botanical ingredients..." Pair a great gin with a top-shelf bianco vermouth by Dolin, and Cynar, plus subtle celery bitterrs, and you have a drink making you want another. So have it, and enjoy it!

In closing, I should add that those who like that amaro bitterness will like this drink because of the St. George gin in combination with the Cynar. If you want less bitterness, use a non-botanical gin such as Tanqueray Ten, Citadelle, or Megellen Blue. "The Aristocrat" is, in my opinion, a cocktail most people will enjoy.