Rene Barbier

My mashup of a Lucien Gaudin and a Cornwall Negroni using Cognac as a base spirit; I designed this on the fly at Gary Regan's bartender retreat in 2015.
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Punt e Mes
12 oz Curaçao, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
12 oz Campari
2 ds Bitters (Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters were what I used)
1 twst Lemon peel (As garnish)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon oil from a twist (or the whole twist)
When I attended Gary Regan's Cocktails in the Country retreat in 2015, I had my turn making drinks for everyone during the Organized Chaos session. In my 20 minute time block, I came up with 5 or 6 drinks on the spot with this one being my favorite, and it started by spying the bottle of Camus Cognac on the shelf. The direction I took was inspired by the Lucien Gaudin for I paired Campari with curaçao. In the Negroni-variation vein, I also thought of Phil Ward's 2005 Cocktails in the Country drink, the Cornwall Negroni that had Punt e Mes and bitters in the mix. For a name, I stuck with the Lucien Gaudin concept and dubbed this one after another fencer, Rene Barbier -- a Frenchman who medalled in the 1928 Olympics. I did not take down tasting notes during the melee, but I do recall Gaz commenting that "this is my sort of drink!"
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