Salty Stephen

Inspired by Stephen Cole’s Bitter Giuseppe from the Violet Hour, this riff from Ludlow Liquors amps up the sweet vermouth, tones down the Cynar and welcomes high-proof bourbon to the mix. “The saline solution tightens the bitter elements of the cocktail, taking the disparate ingredients and tying them together,” says Ludlow co-owner Wade McElroy of the final touch.

2 oz. sweet vermouth (Ludlow uses Carpano Antica or Cocchi di Torino)
¾ oz. high-proof bourbon (Ludlow uses Wild Turkey 101)
½ oz. Cynar
4 drops saline solution
Tools: barspoon
Glass: rocks
Garnish: orange peel

Stir all the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over a single large ice cube and garnish.

Saline solution: Mix 4 parts boiling water to 1 part sea salt until salt is dissolved. Let the mixture cool and transfer to dropper bottle.

Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy, Ludlow Liquors, Chicago

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