It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Le Mot D’or

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It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Le Mot D’or
Our weekly recommendation.

This is the only cocktail I’ve ever come up with where I nailed the ingredients and proportions on the first try. I’ve never changed the recipe at all from the first night I made it! I still grin every time I take that first sip, because the drink is just perfectly what I wanted it to be, a delicious combination of oaky bourbon, spicy vermouth, earthy maraschino, and herbal Fernet.

It’s sort of a Brooklyn variant, but it’s a got a lot of other stuff going on. Plenty enough that I feel comfortable christening it as its own unique drink. I’ve scoured the web and there don’t seem to be any drinks with a similar ingredient set, much to my surprise, so I’m claiming ownership. Why “The Golden Word”? … well, because you’ll have nothing but good things to say when you try it!

Oh, last thing: we’re mainly keeping the drinks in this series to ingredients that aren’t too “out there” and I know this one fails that test a bit, but seriously … spring for a bottle of maraschino and a bottle of Fernet Branca. Neither is super pricey and they’ll last you forever because you rarely need more than half an ounce of them (even a quarter ounce of Fernet can take over a drink that doesn’t have this many strong flavors). Well worth the cash.

Combine all ingredients over ice in a pint glass and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.

This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website, cwbuecheler.com.

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    What’s the recommended life of vermouth (sweet or dry)?

    • http://cwbuecheler.com/ Christopher Buecheler

      Both should be kept in the fridge. Sweet seems to last a bit longer than dry, but not much. I try to consume dry vermouth within 4 weeks or so (I buy 375ml bottles when possible to facilitate that). Sweet you can probably go up to 8 weeks. In all cases, though, it’s best in the first week or so. It won’t poison you or anything, but as it oxidizes it gets kind of pruney and gross-tasting.

  • Matt

    This series is fantastic.

    • http://cwbuecheler.com/ Christopher Buecheler

      Awesome, thanks! Glad you’re enjoying it.