1 oz Scotch
3⁄4 oz Cardamaro
3⁄4 oz Amaro, Cappelletti Sfumato Rabarbaro (Sfumato or Zucca)
1⁄2 oz Herbal liqueur, Green Chartreuse
1 twst Grapefruit peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.


Mellows nicely with ice melt.


In scanning my liquor shelves, I conjured up an Scotch abstraction of the Bijou taken in the Caustic Negroni direction. Since Scotch goes well with amari like Sfumato in the Preceptor and Cardamaro in the Great King Street, Green Chartreuse and orange bitters would round out the combination nicely. Moreover, Bijou means jewel, so I dubbed this one the Romancing the Stone after the 1984 romantic adventure comedy.

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FRY 20202
Posted by yarm on 9/18/2020
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Boston, MA
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  • Used Port Charlotte 10 scotch. A nice complex tasting cocktail, different.
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Clever combination and with thoughtful proportions. I wasn't sure if I would like this, since Green Chartreuse is often a bully in classic cocktails; but the Sfumato, Cardamaro, and Scotch are intense enough on their own to tame the strong herbal Chartreuse. Even the Angostura Orange Bitters (from the original post) were a good match for the other components. Of course Sfumato and Cardamaro are intense, so this is something one should be in the state of mind for.