12 oz Rye, Rittenhouse 100
12 oz Bourbon, Buffalo Trace
12 oz Cognac
12 oz Calvados
1 t Demerara syrup (2:1)
2 ds Bitters, Angostura
1 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
Garnish Orange Twist (wide) Lemon Twist (wide) Stir all the ingredients aside from the twists in an ice filled shaker glass. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over ice. Add orange and lemon twists.
From other users
  • Complex and interesting, a good drink for a whiskey / brown spirits lover. Bitters add nice depth. Used agave in lieu of Demerara — ☆☆☆☆
  • Go strong on the bitters, esp chocolate. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Boozy and subtle. ETA: subbed a nice pisco for cognac and liked it that way too. Toasted marshmallows. — ☆☆☆
  • Autumn Cocktails — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Really delicious. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • 5/18/19: Made a riff with WT 101, Lairds BIB, Courvoisier VS, S&C, 1 tsp 2:1 turbinado, 2 dashes Ango, lemon peel. Would like to try peach brandy in place of the apple brandy. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Want to try!
  • Fine, but less than the sum of its parts. Would rate it a 3 if it used fewer ingredients. — ☆☆
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Surprise hit

I was pretty sure I'd like this one, but I also served it to someone whose idea of a cocktail requires soda (granted, he needed a strong drink). It really melded beautifully--the spiciness of the rye and sweet fruitiness of the calvados come to the forefront, made richer by the chocolate bitters.

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We really liked this

We really liked this cocktail. We used Rye and Bourbon - Bulleit, Prunier VS Cognac, Clear Creek Pomme, Bitter Truth Mole Bitters for the original and thought it was just damn delightful.
Looking to do a punch version for possible fall menu consideration. Any thoughts or suggestions? Especially a beautiful garnish...would love to get our pastry chef involved.