The Better Part of Valor

  • 1½ oz Martin Miller Westbourne Strength Gin
  • ¼ oz Fernet
  • ½ oz Cocchi Americano
  • ¾ oz Amaro Nonino

Stir together in ice. Wipe with an orange peel, then discard.

As Allison was preparing this drink for me at her bar, I quipped, "You're trying to get me dahruuuunk." And true, it's a very spirit forward drink, but it's still incredibly balanced. The gin is big enough to punch through all the aromatic elements of the other half of the drink, and still delivers a nice crisp note that plays well with the amari. And while only a quarter ounce of Fernet was used, it certainly goes a long way. Note again the subtle use of orange to round out the bitter flavors.