The thing about this cocktail by Travis Baker (@travbo530 instagram) is that it’s sneaky easy to drink. Almost like its acting like your sobriety’s best friend, just waiting for a chance to stab your sobriety in the back and take it’s wife. Orgeat we have discussed before, but just to remind you- it’s a delicious almond syrup. As always, there is a little more to it than that, but for simplicity’s sake…it’s almond syrup. And since almonds are super good for you, its obvious that this is a healthy drink. …Right?
So we have orgeat down, we all have a basic handle on what bourbon is (angel tears Timmy, bourbon is made from the tears of angels.), let’s talk Averna. Amaro Averna is an Italian liqueur in the Amaro category produced in Caltanissetta, Sicily. It is named after its inventor, Salvatore Averna, who invented the recipe in 1868. This drink is produced on the Island of Sicily and is considered a traditional drink. A bunch of herbs, roots and citrus rinds are allowed to soak in the secret base liquor before caramel is added. Averna is sweet, thick and has a gently herbal bitterness. It’s kind of like a sweeter version of Fernet.
Ok, so that’s that. Lemon juice is lemon juice, obvi. And like we always preach- fresh is best. The money move on this cocktail is the Smoked Apricot Bitters used. Adding depth and complexity to the drink, these particular bitters also add a sweet smoke to the drink that plays really, really fantastically well with the other ingredients in the cocktail.
1 oz bourbon
1 oz Averna
3 drops Mister Bitters Honeyed Apricot Hickory Smoked
Take all your ingredients, put them in your Shaker Tin, and shake like you’re getting revenge on that cocktail. Fine strain (with a Hawthorne Strainer and a Mesh Strainer) that action out and sip your life away. One thing about this drink- with only one ounce of bourbon in it, it isn’t as high in octane as most cocktails, so you can easily have more than one. …If you’re in to that sort of thing.