The Piquant Gentleman

by James Stevenson

I was researching some Rye cocktails this week, as I occasionally get a real bad craving for the spirit, and while I was mixing up some good classics I decided to delve deeper and find some classic whiskey cocktails that I could give a little extra pep to by substituting in the rye. I had a delicious Monin Spiced Brown Sugar syrup in the cabinet that I had not yet used and knew it would accompany the spirit perfectly so when I found the classic Italian Gentleman cocktail in one of my books I knew it would work perfectly. The spice from the rye and Monin syrup were great with a little Campari and lemon juice but I decided the orange bitters wouldn’t show through enough so I grabbed some chocolate bitters I acquired in New Orleans from Ms. Better’s Bitters and added in a few drops to round everything out.



  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Strain into a coupe glass
  4. Garnish with edible flower
  5. Enjoy!

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