One of my favorite speakeasy style cocktail bars is The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company in Philadelphia. Their cocktail menu is the best I have come across in my travels. Yup, I said it… the best. They even have a section in the menu quoting a Howlin’ Wolf song called “I asked for water and she gave me gasoline.” The menu is very courageous and their execution and style is flawless. A few of their cocktails are featured in this modern cocktail book called Beta Cocktails. This book features hard to find spirits, modern techniques and current trends in the cocktail movement. One of my favorite recipes from this book is The Six Inch Gold Blade by Al Sotack.
This cocktail is a wonderful use of Smith and Cross Rum. An even better mix of bitter components. And then finish all that off with the smokey touch of Laphroaig and spicy mole bitters. Brilliant.
- 1.5 oz Smith and Cross Rum
- .5 oz Punt e Mes Vermouth
- .5 oz Nardini Amaro
- .5 oz Campari
- 1 tsp of Laphroaig Scotch
- 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 1 dash mole bitters
- 1 orange twist
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass except the garnish. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the oils of a orange twist over the cocktail and discard the twist.