The Le Fin cocktail, a spicy-sweet take on an Old-Fashioned
Le Bernardin chef and co-owner Eric Ripert is based in Manhattan, summers in the Hamptons, and trots the globe with onscreen/offscreen pal Anthony Bourdain. So naturally, Ripert had his bags packed and ready when Domaine de Canton president and owner John Cooper invited him to Vietnam, where the brand sources the fresh baby ginger in its toothsome, small batch French ginger liqueur.
And just a few weeks ago, as part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Ripert whipped up a five-course dinner with Domaine de Canton cocktail pairings in the classically appointed private dining room of Le Bernardin. Cooper, who made the rounds dishing tales from the pair's Vietnam sojourn, noted that Ripert's favorite way to drink the spirit is with tequila in (where else?) the Hamptons.
But while we love the simplicity of tequila and Domaine de Canton on the rocks, this weekend's rainy, slightly chilly weather calls for something cozier, namely the Le Fin, a take on an Old-Fashioned that was served with the dessert course (a heavenly Madagascan chocolate ganache) at the Domaine de Canton dinner at Le Bernardin.
Le Fin SERVES ONE
1 1/2 ounces Domaine de Canton
1 1/2 ounces Armagnac
3 dashes of molé bitters (such as Bittermens Xocolatl Molé Bitters)
1/2 ounce demerara syrup
Pour ingredients into an Old-Fashioned glass, add ice, and stir until sugar has dissolved and drink is nicely chilled. Orange twist garnish.