Growing Old Cocktail

2 oz Cynar
1 oz Rye, Rittenhouse 100
1 pn Salt
2 twst Lemon zest (expressed)
1 rinse Pastis, Herbsaint
Combine the Cynar, rye and salt in a mixing glass and stir briefly to dissolve the salt. Express the oil from the lemon peels and drop into the mixing glass. Add ice and stir, then strain into an Herbsaint-rinsed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Full name: Growing Old and Dying Happy is a Hope, Not an Inevitability
From other users
  • Caramel, peanuts, bitterness. Heavy and sophisticated. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Great take on a Sazerac. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • 1/19/17: This was very good. A bitter Sazerac -- I might even prefer it to a Sazerac. — ☆☆☆☆
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Zachary Pearson's picture

Drinking this now. Dan,

Drinking this now. Dan, you're not going to like it, I'm afraid. The Herbsaint rinse dominates the nose, but once you're past that, it smells chocolatey... the way a Tootsie Roll smells chocolatey. It's firmly sweet up front with an artificial chocolate flavor (how do you get artificial chocolate out of Cynar + Rye?), and starts to get interesting as the tobacco/bitter flavors of the Cynar take over the finish. 

I think the easy way out might be 3/4 oz of lemon juice. I think something more interesting might be swap the rinse to creme de cassis to try and fix the acidity without acid.