The past month, I was asked to judge the Star of the Bar cocktail contest — and this cocoa-and-spice equal-parts stunner with just a hint of grapefruit (created by Matt Friedlander) was the NYC regional winner. No, it didn’t win because it measured out in equal proportions. But it sure didn’t hurt.
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Any Which Way But Left
Matt Friedlander, Head Bartender, Fools Gold, NYC
Friedlander says that the name of this drink, an “anti-Valentine’s Day Negroni variation” is “a reference to Tinder-swiping habits in my bar after 3 AM.”
1 ounce Jagermeister
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce Brovo Amaro No. 4
5 drops Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole bitters
Grapefruit peel, for garnish
Combine all ingredients except bitters and grapefruit peel in a large mixing glass. Stir over ice for approximately 20 seconds and strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with bitters and grapefruit peel.