The Empire Strikes Bax

15 ml
An Italian bitter aperitif made infusing herbs and fruits in alcohol and water. ABV ranges from 10% to 29% based on country.
25 ml
One of the best selling Italian amari, made using 40 herbs including vanilla and orange peel; 23% ABV.
25 ml
Also known as Vermouth di Torino, Italian vermouth, rosso and red vermouth; these vermouth have been sweetened with cane sugar or caramelized sugar, usually giving the vermouth 10-15% sugar and a slightly reddish brown color.
25 ml
A brewed drink prepared from the grinds of roasted coffee plant seeds. Coffee is a fruit!
10 ml
A syrup made from dissolving granulated sugar (sucrose) in water. Regular simple is made by combining 1:1 sugar:water by mass, rich simple is 2:1 sugar:water by mass although only 1.5 times as sweet as regular. We always use 1:1 syrup unless otherwise noted in the recipe itself.
1 dash
A concentrated aromatic bitters made in Trinidad from water, ethanol, gentian and other herbs and spices; used in many classic cocktails like the Manhattan.
1 twist
A yellow citrus fruit. The peel is often used as a garnish while the juice incorporated into the drink for a tart flavor profile (citric acid).
Granulated sugar is a sucrose formed with glucose and fructose join by covalent bonding. Sugar is soluble in water, increasing the surface area (smaller grain size) or heating the water, dissolves sugar faster. Some cocktails use sugar directly but more use it indirectly in syrups/liqueurs.

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon twist and a dusting of powdered sugar. #shake #ontherocks

A coffee-spiked Negroni riff from Above Board in Collingwood, VIC, Australia.

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