Here are the three contenders:
Amber Rum, Sweet Vermouth, Luxardo Marachino Liqueur and Orange Bitters.
I love the Rye Manhattans I have made and think making them with rum and adding orange bitters and a little Luxardo could be really tasty.
Cognac, Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Bénédictine, Angostura Bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.
This is a drink a Tennessee Williams’s character would sip over ice while complaining about the heat sitting on the porch whilst reminiscing about his mad sister. It sounds smooth, sip-able and very adult (the cognac mostly is why I think that) . I also love the idea of having to buy a bottle of Bénédictine.
Dry Vermouth, Bénédictine, Absinthe.
The first two reason this appeals to me are: Bénédictine and Absinthe. It just sounds exotic and I like that it is made with lighter color alcohols so that as it ages in the barrel it will get darker in color.
OK so now it’s up to you. Which one should I make?