Here's a drink I've been enjoying recently. I wanted to build something around Braulio Amaro Alpino which is an amaro from northern Italy. It's wine based and incorporates flowers and herbs from the mountains near the Swiss/Italian border. It has a taste that recalls Fernet Branca but is not quite as mentholated. This one also spreads out differently and while the taste is wonderfully intense it's not dominated by one particular flavor. Braulio is aged in oak barrels for a couple of years and this helps even things out and soften its edges. It is rich and bitter, sweet, complex, piney and with a warming spice quality as well. As far as this drink goes, those alpine flavors stretch out and mingle with the wildly flavorful Baker's bourbon which also contributes some spice and heat by way of proof. The vermouth, in this case Cocchi's Vermouth di Torino, plays a mostly supportive role but it does give the drink a subtle chocolate undertone.

Mender's Arc
Mender's Arc

Mender's Arc
1 1/2 oz Braulio Amaro
1 oz Baker's Bourbon
1/2 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
Garnish - Orange Twist

Stir briefly with ice, strain over fresh ice in rocks glass