This one's in the vein of two drinks that I enjoy. The Professional (Bourbon, Campari, Smith & Cross) and The Wind Down (Cynar, Green Chartreuse, Bourbon). Even though they only have one ingredient in common (and I dropped that) they occupy some similar territory. They're both drinks to linger over - rich, full of flavor and bitter. I like what the Green Chartreuse does next to the Cynar in The Wind Down and wanted to try pairing that with other big flavors. Smith & Cross is a force - a spicy, overproof, and unabashedly rum-y force, so it seemed a natural enough place to start. This type of get-together also seemed to warrant an invitation to Campari so that made it into the mix as well. I hadn't made the Professional in a while but once this thing took shape its influence seemed apparent.

 

Of course, overlooking the sea or some exotic city from a hotel balcony would be a more appropriate setting.

Of course, overlooking the sea or some exotic city from a hotel balcony would be a more appropriate setting.

 

Chartreuse's herbal qualities jump to the front, followed quickly by the undeniable taste, and funk, of the rum. This plays out on a foundation of Cynar and Campari - bitter, herbal, slightly sweet. There's a wrestling of moods here; Cynar wants to darken, Campari wants to lighten. They have enough in common that the overall effect isn't discord so much as an interesting tension underlying the other flavors charging ahead. The rum lingers well into the finish.

 

Balcony 
1 oz Cynar
1 oz Campari
3/4 oz Smith & Cross
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
Garnish - Orange Twist

Build over ice.

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AuthorTrey