Lovely and unique. Out of Punt e Mes and oranges, so I subbed 1/2 oz Cocchi di Torino & 1/4 oz Campari and skipped the garnish... So, yeah, a slightly different drink than intended, but still quite delicious. There's a minty-carraway thing going on that I'm really digging... Used the new Dickel Rye -- do you have a preference, DrunkLab?
I used Redemption Rye, which is the same juice (LDI) as the Dickel, and also found that cool mint/carraway accord you mention... going to try this with Rittenhouse 100 once I buy another bottle this weekend, the added proof should stand up nicely to the other ingredients. Glad you liked it! And I can't take too much credit for it being unique; I just took the recipe from the Fritz, subbed rye for the gin, and cut back slightly on the Maraschino. Still, I think I prefer it this way, and I'm glad it worked for you even with your (smart) substitutions.
While I haven't yet tried the Fritz or its predecessor, the Gerty, I guess by "unique," I meant the flavor profile. I would assume that the gin botanicals in the Fritz and the Pastis in the Gerty would be more present in those variations. The carraway flavor is neat to me because of its association to rye bread--my 2nd favorite use of that grain. ;P
I'd like to try this with a half ounce of Bénédictine in place of the Maraschino, as a kind of nouveau Vieux Carré.... If anyone has any success with that variation, let me know! I need to acquire a bottle of Bénédictine first.