1 oz Rye
1 oz Zwack liqueur
1 oz Amaro Lucano
1 twst Lemon peel (expressed and discarded)
Could use other amari. Use Jack Daniel Black for a sweeter version. Expressed lemon peel, Stir, Rocks, Lowball
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  • Made with Bulleit rye and Lucano AnniversarIo. Has a Cynar-like bittersweet caramel flavor. — ☆☆☆☆
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1 Comment

<br />This is an interesting,

<br />This is an interesting, quite drinkable cocktail whose full potential has not yet been realized. I read the comment by one user who said that perhaps another amaro should be used. The comment about Jack Daniels Black (which I'm inclined to use when the recipe doesn't specify the bourbon) gave me pause. So I decided to make some changes, and see if they would do any better

I decided to use a lighter tasting rye than, say, Rittenhouse or Bulleit, so I chose WhistlePig 10 rye (100 proof) which is lighter and less dry than many other ryes (it's comprable to Templeton 4 years rye in that regard). I also added a moderate amount of lemon zest--you'll have to eyeball what a moderate amount is-- and the peel. I found the resultant drink to be quite satisfying. Zwack's bitterness was kept under control, and Amaro Lucano brought an acceptable amount of sweetness to the drink. I rated the cocktail, as I constructed it, as 3.5.

As is, the Madhattan is a satisfying pre-dinner drink, and with additional modifications, I believe this cocktail should ultimately be rated at least at 4.0. Suggestions for improvements, please.