1 oz Scotch
3⁄4 oz Cardamaro
3⁄4 oz Amaro, Cappelletti Sfumato Rabarbaro (Sfumato or Zucca)
1⁄2 oz Herbal liqueur, Green Chartreuse
2 ds Orange bitters
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.
Frederic Yarm, Boston, MA
author's original creation
Scotch, Cardamaro, Amaro, Herbal liqueur, Orange bitters, Grapefruit peel