This one comes from Left Coast Libations (2010), a book full of delicious drinks from west coast bartenders. The book includes recipes for 100 original drinks and happens to be quite a bit of fun to read as well. The Historic Core Cocktail was created by John Coltharp and if I had a top ten list of favorite things to mix with pretty much everything in this drink would be on that list. Bonded rye, bonded apple brandy, Chartreuse and vermouth? I'll take one of those, please.
The aroma promises Chartreuse's herbal sweetness which is quickly fulfilled on the sip. Apples abound at the beginning as well but they make way for a heavy and lasting rye presence (I subbed Willett) that offers plenty of peppery spice, wood and hints of caramel and vanilla (though the latter may have actually been the vermouth peeking through). The vermouth here threatens to round things out and it makes a subtle but pleasant effort to that end. Its counterparts here, however, are all somewhat overproof and unwilling to share much of the spotlight. That's fine though, I think I would miss the vermouth if it was gone and to be fair I made a substitution (Cocchi) for the Carpano Antica specified in the recipe. Not surprisingly, given the cast of characters here, the belly-warming heat this drink imparts is significant. I should have been drinking these last month when the temperatures seemed resigned to the single digits.
Historic Core Cocktail - John Coltharp, Seven Grand, Los Angeles
1 1/2 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1/2 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
1 generous dash Angostura Bitters
Garnish - Lemon Peel
Stir, Strain, Up