Yusho's Baconian Cipher

Yusho's Baconian Cipher
  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time:10 minutes
  • Total time:10 days

[Photographs: Roger Kamholz]

With the unique and original ingredient of tamarind bitters and artisanal spirits like Gran Classico, this Negroni-esque cocktail outdoes its inspiration.


  • For Tamarind Bitters
  • 1 1/2 pounds grilled or roasted tamarind, shelled
  • 1 1/2 ounces Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 ounce grains of paradise
  • 1/2 ounce sarsaparilla
  • 750 mL high-proof rye
  • For Cocktail
  • 4-inch strip of orange peel, studded with cloves
  • 2 ounces Herencia Anejo Tequila
  • 1 ounce Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
  • 1/4 ounce Gran Classico Bitters
  • 1 dash tamarind bitters


  1. 1.

    To make bitters, combine all ingredients in wide-mouth mason jar and co-macerate for 10 days. Filter and seal.

  2. 2.

    To make cocktail, heat clove-studded orange peel on grill. Combine tequila, Cocchi vermouth di Torino, Gran Classico, and tamarind bitters in a mixing glass with four large cubes and stir 40 times. Srain into coupe glass and garnish with clove-studded orange peel.

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