I haven’t posted much here lately — and one reason for that is I’ve been at work on a new book project. The book is all about what bartenders call “equal parts” cocktails: drinks made with exactly equal proportions of ingredients. The Negroni (equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth) may be the best-known version right now.
But there are scores of others, too. I compiled about 50 of my favorites into the book, Sip. Shake. Stir., which will be published by Chronicle Books in fall 2016.
Of course, as soon as I turned in the manuscript I started noticing amazing equal-parters that I had missed. Plus bartenders create new ones all the time. So I’m committing to posting one new equal parts cocktail each month until the book drops.
First up is The Warning Label, as published in a great little book called Beta Cocktails. It’s bitter and spirits-forward, like most of the drinks in the book. And to make it even more bitter, the glass is rinsed with Campari, maybe the only instance where the ruby liqueur isn’t used to add color.
The Warning Label
Maks Pazuniak, Beta Cocktails
1 oz Cynar
1 oz Demerara 151 rim
1 oz Punt e Mes
1 dash Regan’s orange bitters
1 dash grapefruit bitters
Lemon twist (garnish)
Stir and strain into a glass rinsed with Campari. Garnish with a lemon twist.