This is awesome. The bitterness pairs so well with the sourness and the hogo of the S&C. — ★★★★★
A bit on the sweet side with Campari, but in the category of sweet drinks, excellent. — ★★★★★
Drinking this variation almost makes the pain from the cold headache one of the ingredients... and it somehow makes the drink more delicious. This is the best variation on a classic I've ever had. — ★★★★★
Very interesting, tasty. Was almost out of Campari. did some research and sub'ed a bit. Will try again when I have campari — ★★★
Try with 1 oz rum
Sweet, then quite bitter and dry, with hogo everpresent. Nearly too bitter but the finish is intriguing. — ★★★★
(scant) 1.5 Cynar/1 oz Doorly's 5/.75 Dillon Rhum/.75 Homemade Orgeat/.75 lime/.25 Creole Shrubb. Wow. Almost like tropical punch. Really good. Mint garnish is important. — ★★★★
Very good with Cynar as well. — ★★★★★
Once Over #2 — Aperol, Tequila, Mezcal, Lime juice, Orgeat, Mint
This is a fabulous cocktail -- a modern Hall of Fame contender. You have to get your head around the Italian amaro + tropical flavors juxtaposition. Once your mind settles down, it's a wonderful combination of flavors. The Smith & Cross is essential to have enough funk (and alcohol heat) to pull it off. It is a touch sweet, but even I (the hater of all overly-sweet drinks) love is as written. You could up the lime a bit, or scale back the Curacao, if desired.
Tried this tonight, and really liked it. I'd agree that it's unbalanced toward the sweet side (Campari + orgeat + curacao is a lot of sweet!) - I think that the next try will be with 1/4 curacao and 1/4 Ango orange to cut the sweetness, which should also enhance the bitter of the Campari somewhat.