The Arbitrary Nature of Time

1 14 oz Rye, Wild Turkey 101
1 oz Campari
34 oz Cherry Liqueur, Cherry Heering
1 ds Orange bitters, Regans' orange bitters
2 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
Stir, strain, rock, twist.
As Wild Turkey 101 rye is not currently available, substitute Rittenhouse 100 or a mix of Rittenhouse and Wild Turkey 81.
From other users
  • Bitter, delicious. A bit sweet. Not sure how to make less sweet other than up the rye. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Sweetness, chocolate, and Campari bitterness dominate. Like a Bombardier with cherry in place of coffee. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Nice color, nice bittersweet flavor. A bit sweet but made it with Bulleit Rye, must try again with a higher proof rye. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Upped the rye and decreased the campari for better balance, but a delicious bitter cocktail that I'll definitely enjoy again. — ☆☆☆☆
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Very nice. The ingredients

Very nice. The ingredients seems like naturals on paper, and are in the glass. A touch sweet. 1/2 oz dry vermouth balances nicely.

A tasty cocktail with a

A tasty cocktail with a Negroni-like taste, yet it is not a Negroni variant. A comment was made about the drink being somewhat sweet. Personally, I found the sweetness from the Cherry Heering to be off-set by the bitterness of the Campari. All this week, I searched Kindred Cocktails for a new drink that I would find very satisfying--all totaled that came to about five or six drinks, with none satifying my quest for a good cocktail. That is until I stumbled upon "The Arbitrary Nature of Time." This cocktail ended my nearly week-long quest for a satisfying one. I believe imbibers who enjoy a good Negroni, will definitely enjoy this drink. Personally, I rated this drink at 4.

For those who find this drink too sweet, I would not add dry vermouth as one person suggested. I would simply reduce the amount of Heering. Perhaps reducing the amount from 1 oz to 3/4 oz would be a good starting point. Then, if its not sweet enough, you can add a little more, until you attain the level of sweetness you like. It's always easier to add a little more, and not have to start all over; whereas, if you want less, you have to start from the beginning--often times tossing out a batch of expensive ingredients.

I suspect, however, that most people will be satisfied with the cocktail as given, and if not, simply reducing the amount of Cherry Heering will give them a cocktail they will not find too sweet, and will be able to enjoy.


Zachary Pearson's picture

A user flagged this - the

A user flagged this - the recipe says shake and the cited link says stir. This looks like a drink that ought to be stirred to me, so I'm going to curate it. Thanks,  Zachary

No wonder the drink tasted so

No wonder the drink tasted so good--I stirred it, not shook it--and I didn't bruise it either! Thanks for the update on this tasty cocktail.


applejack's picture

Looking to use up some Cherry

Looking to use up some Cherry Heering as we had two nearly full bottles of it open; revisited this one as I haven't made one in years since I got the Beta Cocktails book (and it uses 3/4 ounce of Cherry Heering).  Used Rittenhouse instead of the WT 101 Rye; it was very enjoyable, with nicely balanced bitter chocolate notes but maybe lacking that last bit of complexity that would bump it from 4 stars to 5 stars for me.  I'm surprised some thought this was too sweet, I didn't find it that way--it's less sweet than a Negroni or equal parts Boulevardier--and I'd like to think I have a somewhat middle of the road to dry-ish palate (though I've been known to have a heavy hand with my bitters dashes at times).