Are you looking for a deep red, sexy and mysterious cocktail for Valentine's Day? May I suggest an Eeyore's Requiem.
It's an easy to make gin cocktail that gets lots of complex flavor from orange bitters, Campari, Fernet Branca, and Cynar.
While it's obviously great for Valentine's Day, it's so easy so good, you'll want to make it more often than that!
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I am just going to have to admit that our liquor cabinet has now spread to 3 different locations.
That’s what happens when you start buying all the speciality liquors. Some of the specialty liquors are only used occasionally and we probably would have been better off ignoring them.
Others, however turned out to be favorites, like Campari - which you must have to make a Negroni and Aperol - which is they key to making an Aperol Spritz of course!
My point is that when it came time to make a cocktail featuring gin, Campari, Cynar, orange bitters and Fernet Branca – we had no problems.
After doing some research I found that this cocktail was created by Toby Maloney of Chicago’s Violet Hour.
Is the perfect Valentine’s cocktail with it’s deep red color, which would make it also great for the holidays.
This is such an interesting mix of flavors.
Campari brings it’s dark bitterness from an infusion of herbs and fruits. Save some to make a Summer Manhattan!
Cynar is an artichoke based bittersweet liqueur.
Fernet Branca is another bitter liqueur made with 27 herbs! Once you get your bottle, you'll definitely want a Fernet and Coke - the easiest 2 ingredient cocktail!
Gin - try using different types of gin for different flavors. Gin is a favorite around here - we have loads of Gin Cocktails!
You would think putting these all together would give you a drink so bitter it would be undrinkable. On the contrary, they blend so beautifully, you get this wonderfully complex cocktail. I may have had three on test tasting day!!
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- 1 ½ ounce Campari
- 1 ounce Vermouth white or dry
- ½ ounce Gin
- ¼ ounce Cynar
- ¼ ounce Fernet Branca
- 15 drops orange bitters
- 3 orange twists
- Fill a mixing glass with ice.
- Add the Campari, gin, Cynar, Fernet Branca and bitters. Stir to combine.
- Strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze the orange twists above the glass to release the oils.
What a delicious blend. I am definitely giving this a try at the weekend.
So good! This combo of liqueurs is spot on. Thanks for the great cocktail!
Pam Greer says
It is so good, isn't it?!
I've never heard of this drink but is sure is perfect for Valentine's Day!
I'm always looking for new gin drinks. Thanks!
This was my first time using cynar. It's an interesting flavor and goes well with the other elements of this cocktail.
Needs an ounce of white vermouth (blanco or dry)
Pam Greer says
Oh, it does! I can't believe I left that out!
I've never heard of those specialty liquors! My state doesn't get a whole lot into their liquor stores. Maybe I'll have to travel to Nevada and pick up some of these! Yum!
Tina Culbertson says
Damn you take some marvelous photos! This is a beauty. What sort of gin did you use? Hendrix would give it a cucumber taste while the Boodles or Sapphire would give Christmas tree notes.
The name is very cool - Eeyore's Requiem. Bad ass!
Pam Greer says
Thank you! I think I used Boodles.
Oh yummy. I'll have one too.
Have a fabulous day, Pam. ♥