Recipe: Pop Quiz

Recipe: Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz! Nah, I don’t have any actual questions for you, just this cocktail recipe created in 2010 by Devon Tarby of New York’s infamous Death & Company. As the story goes, someone challenged her to create a cocktail that used mole bitters (hence the name). Which, well, I’m not sure that’s much of a challenge for a capable bartender, let alone a bartender at one of the most renowned craft cocktail bars on the planet. But I digress.

This one is a simple take on the eternally appealing Old Fashioned with just a half measure of of one of our favorite amari, Ramazzotti Amaro, to bolster the bourbon and a bit of simple syrup to round out the sweetness. Oh, and those mole bitters that inspired the whole thing from the get-go. Simple and delicious and a nice change up from the conventional Old Fashioned. Try it and let us know what you think!

Pop Quiz
2 oz. bourbon
½ oz. Ramazzotti Amaro
1 tsp. simple syrup
2 dashes mole bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube and garnish with an expressed orange peel.

Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

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