A play on the classic Blood & Sand cocktail, this fall drink calls for a dram of funky rum instead of the traditional Scotch. Subtly sweet up front, it's balanced by a lingering herbal, bitter note from the French aperitif Bonal.
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This elegant—and easy—cocktail is a variation on a Boulevardier (which is basically a bourbon Negroni). Here, instead of bourbon, spicy rye is the star, complemented by the delicately bitter Sicilian amaro, Cynar.
The secret to this deceptively potent creation is the Lillet-like apéritif cider from Vermont-based Eden Ice Cider. The tart and aromatic cider blends with apple brandy and sweet orange curaçao and spicy bitters to create a warming autumn cocktail.
Simple though it may look, this sipper is all about the mastery of layering flavors—the slight smokiness of blended Scotch, rich pear liqueur, and nutty notes from Oloroso sherry backedu p with walnut liqueur.