In keeping with my recent love affair of "Scaffa style" (see BLOG entry for January 6, 2017: La Strada: A New Cocktail in the "Scaffa Style"), I offer a warming drink for this cold night. Cognac is the predominate player in this command performance. Hennessy, with Belle de Brillet (the cognac-based pear liqueur), plus Bénédictine. Add to this, the bitter yet flavorful bite of Campari (as well as its brilliant color), and grapefruit bitters, and you have a remarkably smooth, soothing drink to sip in front of the fire.
ON A COLD WINTER’S NIGHT
1 part Hennessy V.S. Cognac
¾ part Bénédictine
½ part Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur
½ part Campari
dash of Fee Brothers Grapefruit bitters
Build in a brandy snifter without ice.
with an orange twist.
Also, please check out the BLOG entries for December 14, 2016: The Scaffa Trilogy, January 6, 2017: La Strada: A New Cocktail in the "Scaffa Style", January 29, 2017: Scofflaw: A New Cocktail—A Response to the Absurd, the Unjust, the Tyrannical, February 9. 2017: and the video in KEVIN'S COCKTAIL MINUTE: "Marcello's Cigarette Hangs Just Right From His Lips"