Why It Works
- Barolo Chinato adds complex flavor to a mix of high-quality vermouth and whiskey.
- Twisting an orange peel directly over the drink gives it a touch of citrus-oil flavor and scent.
This cocktail, created by Douglas Derrick of Ava Gene's in Portland, Oregon, is a masterful combination of just three ingredients: spicy whiskey, luscious vermouth, and complex Barolo Chinato, a bittersweet, herb- and spice-dosed digestivo made from one of Italy's best wines. The result is chocolaty, smooth, and deep. Though it's in the same family, it's subtler than a Boulevardier.
- 1 ounce (30ml) rye whiskey or Japanese whisky (see note)
- 1 1/4 ounce (35ml) Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
- 3/4 ounce (20ml) Barolo Chinato (such as G.D. Vajra)
- Orange twist
Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Barolo Chinato to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass, adding one ice cube. Express orange oil from twist over cocktail and discard. Serve immediately.
Mixing glass, cocktail strainer
Derrick initially made this drink with Japanese whisky, but rye is a more affordable (and totally delicious) option. He serves the drink in a glass rimmed with dehydrated orange peel and Campari, but you don't need to get that fancy at home.