Last night, Becky and I had dinner and drinks at Dino's Grotto in Shaw in DC. Not only do they have amazing Italian food, but a cocktail menu that features tons of local distillers--like us! Ric Newton, head bartender there, has a cocktail he invented called the Ric Flair. It's a great drink, the woodsy flavor of the amaro and vermouth blends perfectly with the cherry liqueur and bouncy rye. Absolutely delicious! Be sure to ask for it with the Catoctin Creek rye!
1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ Cherry Heering
½ Nardini Amaro
½ Cinzano sweet vermouth
Dash of aromatic bitters
Dash of orange bitters
Combine, stir, strain over fresh ice. Orange twist.
Courtesy Ric Newton, Dino's Grotto bar.