Not much is known about this month's Retro Cocktail. Legend holds that it dates back to 1889. It gets its unique, disarming flavor from the three kinds of bitters: Peychaud's, orange, and celery. When I originally wrote down the recipe, my dyslexia kicked in and I put Extra Dry Vermouth instead of Sweet. And this actually isn't bad. I used Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry and it has an interesting flavor, but of course it's not "The Fourth Regiment". Perhaps "The Fifth"? The Sweet Vermouth in this recipe is one of my favorites, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, with those lovely notes of cocoa and rhubarb. It tastes almost like a fine sherry.
THE FOURTH REGIMENT
1 part George Dickel Rye Whisky
1 part Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
3 dashes each of Peychaud's, orange, and celery bitters (I use The Bitter Truth celery bitters)
Stir over ice, then pour into an elegant glass and
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