Situationship From Cardinal Atlanta

Fruit, funk, and spice converge in this fragrant cocktail. Th. Kramers Aromatique is a bitter liqueur from Germany, but Fernet-Branca works as a substitute.

¾ oz. Jamaican rum
¾ oz. oloroso sherry
¾ oz. banana liqueur
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Th. Kramers Aromatique (or substitute with Fernet-Branca)
5 drops black-pepper tincture
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: absinthe

Shake all of the ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled glass. Finish with 3 sprays of absinthe (alternately, drip several drops of absinthe on top of the drink).

Black-Pepper Tincture: Combine 35 grams of fresh-ground black pepper with 200 ml. of high-proof neutral grain spirits in a jar. Seal, then store in a cool place, shaking daily for 4 weeks. Strain through a coffee filter and bottle for use; keeps indefinitely, but the flavor may fade over time.

Kathryn DiMenichi and Mayim Williams for Cardinal, Atlanta

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