I made with bourbon as suggested. Delicious. — ★★★★
Lots of potential. Needs tweaking. I changed to .5 bonded rye, 1.5oz bourbon. Also added barspoon of demerara syrup. Garnish with flamed orange. 2nd time made w/ 1.5 rye, 1 lairds bonded, .25 lillet rouge, .25 sw vermouth. — ★★★★
Variation 3/4 each
I think this needs some tinkering. Up the calvados, less rye (or maybe don't use Rittenhouse)? — ★★
I like this, actually I find it almost too sweet. For me I'd use a spicier rosso like Vya or a sherry-like one like Vermut Lacuenta and dial it up to a full ounce. Heering good here, though Combier Rouge would lend a fresher cherry note. Rye and calvados play well together!