David Embury, the author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, believed a cocktail should whet the appetite, not dull it. And that a drink should be made with good-quality liquors, and should not be sweet or syrupy. His Bourbon Cocktail is just that: a complex yet balanced elixir.
What to buy:Bénédictine D.O.M., a golden liqueur first produced by Benedictine monks in the 16th century, adds a sweet, aromatic flavor to cocktails. It can be found at well-stocked liquor stores.
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 ounce Bénédictine D.O.M.
1/4 ounce Cointreau
Lemon twist, for garnish
Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, Bénédictine, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass, top with a dash of bitters, and garnish with the lemon twist.