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The Lap of Luxury
(This is just a fancied-up Boulevardier, FYI. It's one of my favorite Manhattan descendants.)
- 1.5oz of your best brown water (more on that later)
- 1oz Campari
- 1oz Martini Gran Lusso (yes, again)
- 1/2 dropper Cocktailpunk cherry bitters
- Add all ingredients to mixing glass
- Add ice
- Strain into a nice cocktail glass
- Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry
It's really pretty!
This drink is not as ridiculous as I initially felt it was when I was making it.
I mean, the Gran Lusso is priced on par with Carpano Antica, which I regularly use in cocktails. But Antica doesn't have a name that translates to "Great Luxury". Are you even serious?! You have to play with that!
A word on the whiskey: This is where the drink could earn its name. You could break a bourbon geek's heart and make it with Pappy Van Winkle. I would never go that far, but I would definitely go at least one order of magnitude higher than I did this go around.
For me, right this second, it was a choice between George Dickel Barrel Select and Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey. I chose the latter because I thought the flavor profile would be interesting. (I was right.)
My first though while mixing this drink was "There aren't many people for whom I would make this drink. Luckily I consider myself one!" (No really. I thought that to myself. I'm a horrible person.) Well, trust me, you deserve it, too. I'd even make you one if you were in my living room.
Which you aren't. Suckers!