@cocktailvirgin elected Torani Amer, a West Coast version of the French Amer Picon "Best Swag" from the Tales of the Cocktail 2010 due to the relative difficulty of acquiring it due to Torani distribution,the spirits boozy nature, and it's deliciousness. A great variation of the original Brooklyn utilizing torani amer is offered here by cocktail hacker. I chose The Liberal from Chuck Taggart for an introduction to Amer, as I was not in the mood for maraschino funk.
1.25 oz. rye whiskey (Bulleit)
.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth (Punt E Mes)
.25 oz Amer Picon (Torani Amer)
Dash homemade orange bitters (optional)
Stir with Ice. Strain.
The spicy bourbon and orange citrus notes lead the nose. I particularly like the combination of the Punt Y Mes with the Amer Picon, creating a spicy, flavorful sip. They are both bold spirits, but compliment rather than compete. The orange bitters helps to highlight the bitter orange flavors of the Amer prominent on the swallow, making for a well rounded and delicious drink. Thanks Chuck!