My riff on Jackson Cannon's Heather in Queue.
|3⁄4||oz||Scotch (I used Cutty Sark Prohibition (hint of smoke))|
|3⁄4||oz||Apple brandy (I used Laird's Bonded)|
|3⁄4||oz||Aromatized wine, Cocchi Americano (Lillet will work great too)|
|1⁄2||oz||Orange liqueur (I used PF Dry Curaçao)|
|1||twst||Orange peel (As garnish)|
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.
After spotting the recipe a couple weeks back for the Heather in Queue that Jackson Cannon created at Eastern Standard in 2008, the cocktail was still on my mind. The combination was a near classic one akin to the 1940s Don't Give Up the Ship, and I wanted to make my own take on it keeping the orange liqueur-Fernet Branca duo intact. Therefore, I switched the spirit from gin to a split of Scotch and apple brandy and swapped the blanc vermouth for Cocchi Americano. For a name, I dubbed this one Letter to a Younger Self as a nod to Jackson's infamous "Letter to a Young Bartender" that he penned for Tales of the Cocktail 2014.
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