The colder it gets, the more punchy I want my cocktails to be. It’s a survival tactic… Yes? In the summer, let’s do juice and muddling and syrups galore. Right now, things are getting dangerously close to two-digit negative temps, so let’s grab a big blanket for our outsides and make a really stiff drink for our insides. This is “take no prisoners” winter living. Thank goodness it’s delicious too.
Old Tom gin, the base for this, is oh-so woodsy, citrus peel-y, and spicy. It’s a perfect counterpart to amaro–and a gentler one like Montenegro works perfectly here. I’d say it mellows and enhances at the same time–crazy, right? As for the bitters, cardamom is a really, really great choice in this scenario (although you could do classic aromatic ones for sure).