In my resolutions for bourbon lovers earlier this month, I encouraged you to try out one (or more) of the flavored bitters on the market. Last night I followed my own advice. A quick search on the Google for a recipe using orange bitters led to this cocktail from Bourbon & Branch, a speakeasy in San Francisco (check out their cool site here). I made a few brand substitutions to accommodate what I had in the liquor cabinet, as you’ll see below. The coffee liqueur gives this cocktail a nice dark chocolate essence, sweetened by the bourbon and orange.
Bourbon & Branch’s Revolver Cocktail
2 ounces bourbon (Bulleit recommended, but I used Buffalo Trace)
1/2 ounce Tia Maria coffee liqueur (I used Kamora)
2 to 3 dashes orange bitters (I used Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6)
Orange peel for garnish
Combine all ingredients except orange peel in a mixing glass with ice and stir.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add orange peel.
Makes 1 drink.