Italian Rivalry (aka Monte Old-Fashioned)

Bourbon, Cognac, Amaro Montenegro
1 oz Bourbon
1 oz Cognac
12 oz Amaro Montenegro
1 cube Brown sugar
1 twst Lemon peel
1 twst Orange peel
Muddle sugar cube in a rocks glass. Add rest of the ingredients.Stir with a large cube and Garnish with Citrus Twists.
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1 Comment

If you're looking for a man

If you're looking for a man's drink, the Italian Rivalry (aka Monte Old-Fashioned), look no farther. With its robust flavor from the bourbon (Jim Beam black label), and the exquisite taste of a good cognac (Hennessy Very Special Cognac), combined with brown sugar (light brown, but dark brown may be better) to add some sweetness (but not too much), with the zest oils from an orange and a lemon to counterbalance the flavors. NOTE: 1 tsp of sugar equals one sugar cube.

As you might guess, this drink is complex with its many different flavors. I think you'll enjoy both the breadth and depth of flavors you'll encounter in this drink.

The only decision you'll have to make is whether you want to use light or dark brown sugar. For myself, I was satisfied with light brown sugar (which was the only brown sugar I had). The dark brown sugar is likely to be somewhat sweeter and richer. However, be you woman or man, you'll enjoy this "man's drink."