Ivan Mandaric, Oxbo Urban Bar & Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Zagreb, Croatia
“Eighteen years after the end of World War II, in 1963, French Republic president Charles de Gaulle and German chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed a treaty of friendship between France and Germany called the Élysée Treaty. That event inspired me to make this well-balanced cocktail for Hilton Worldwide autumn cocktail competition. The two main ingredients come from France and Germany and go so well together due to their aroma and taste characteristics. It seems like they signed their own treaty! Taste is a bit darker with chocolate and orange notes, with slightly sweet and bitter notes. This cocktail is an excellent choice to enjoy during a rainy autumn day, watching the leaves coming off the trees. Although it is served cold, the taste itself gives you a feeling of warming up your entire body. It can be recommended as after-dinner drink (digestive) or just enjoyed at the bar to make your day!” Ivan Mandaric
40 ml (1.35 oz) Martell VS cognac
20 ml (.66 oz) Jägermeister
20 ml (.66 oz) sugar syrup (1:1)
4 to 5 drops Bitter Truth orange bitters (or any other orange bitters)
1 orange twist, as garnish
Shake vigorously with a lot of ice in order to chill it properly and incorporate the essential oils from the orange zest into the cocktail. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add the garnish.
gaz sez: I think that many people are aware that I’m a huge Jägermeister freak, and I have been for many years, so this recipe jumped out at me as soon as I glanced at it. The drink is simply marvelous, and I encourage everyone to serve it to folk who don’t understand just how marvelously intricate is Jägermeister, and how much character it can add to a cocktail if used judiciously.
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