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Derby Cocktail- 1 oz. Michter's Bourbon, 1 oz Vya Sweet Vermouth, .75 oz Creole Shrubb, .75 oz lime juice, mint

Derby Cocktail

1 oz bourbon (Michter's US*1 Small Batch)
1/2 oz sweet vermouth (Vya)
1/2 oz orange curacao (Clement Creole Shrubb)
3/4 oz lime juice
Add mint leaf

Shake over ice. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass. Smack mint, then garnish.

This cocktail is from Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. The cocktail starts with a candied orange, tobacco, and mint nose. There is a tart/sweet entry followed by spiced orange notes, herbaceous botanicals from the vermouth and the charred oak depth of the whiskey. This is an interesting drink in the limited amount of bourbon, which may turn some away, but it's reservation leads to a different beast of a drink, a bourbon cocktail to be sure, but one to be savored rather than shot down the hatch. The Creole shrubb is an amazing liqueur and holds its own with the tartness of the lime, a top choice among orange liqueurs. This is a good cocktail for fans of sour drinks such as the Pegu Club, whom prefer whiskey to gin.

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