Midnight Shift

Midnight Shift cocktail on my rooftop.

1 1/2 oz Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cacha├ža
3/4 oz Cynar
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz Galliano L’Autentico
2 dashes mole bitters
1 dash absinthe
orange peel, for garnish

Give all the ingredients a good long stir with ice and strain onto a big frozen cube, if you have one handy. Otherwise serve it on your normal rocks. And don’t omit the orange peel. Like Jeff Lebowski’s rug, the citrus oil really ties everything together.

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Black Glove

black-glove

2 oz aged rum (Gosling’s Black Seal)
1 oz sweet vermouth (Dolin)
1/2 oz nocino (Nux Alpina)
1 dash Angostura bitters
1/2 preserved walnut, for garnish
orange peel, for garnish

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with orange peel and preserved green walnut. You can buy the walnuts from Harvest Song here.

This is a version of a cocktail from the Metrovino menu that I adapted for use with commercially available ingredients for a Wall Street Journal article about unusual garnishes. The original drink uses our house nocino, which is spicier than those I find in stores. Though not really replicable, here’s our house recipe for the Black Glove:

1 1/2 oz Cruzan Black Strap rum
1 oz Dolin sweet vermouth
1/2 oz house Nocino

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with orange peel and preserved green walnut.

[Photo by F. Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal, styling by Anne Cardenas.]

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