Metropolis

Devin Kennedy, Pouring Ribbons | New York

This cocktail took first place in the finals of Rémy Martin’s Equal Parts National Cocktail Competition.

The name and structure of this drink pay homage to the Metropole, a classic cocktail named for New York’s historic Metropole Hotel, which closed in 1912. Staying true to the original pre-Prohibition drink, essentially a Cognac-based Manhattan, Kennedy skips elaborate garnishes but uses a quick twist of lemon to release aromatic oils over the top of the drink.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Rémy Martin 1738 Cognac
  • ¾ ounce Lustau Capataz Andrés cream sherry
  • ½ ounce Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon pear brandy (Clear Creek or Massenez preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon demerara syrup (2 parts demerara sugar:1 part water)

Garnish: Lemon peel

Directions
  1. Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Twist lemon peel over the glass to express the oils, then discard the lemon peel.