Our Swords

Dan Sabo | Los Angeles

“I love working with amaro because of the immense variety within the category,” says bartender Dan Sabo, “and how much you can change a drink by subbing a small amount of one amaro for another to create something entirely different.” Named after the Band of Horses song, Our Swords is a bittersweet julep that is built on a base of Cynar. “This drink grew out of my love of the pairing of artichokes and peaches; they’re a delicious duo,” says Sabo. “I built off this like I would a culinary dish, and added some nuttiness with the sherry, some tart sweetness with Cherry Heering and fresh green flavor from mint.”

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 15 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce Cynar
  • 3/4 ounce Giffard Crème de Peche de Vigne
  • 1/2 ounce amontillado sherry
  • 1/4 ounce Cherry Heering liqueur

Garnish: mint bouquet, mixed seasonal berries, powdered sugar

Directions
  1. Place mint leaves in a julep cup and lightly muddle to release the oils.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the cup three-quarters of the way with crushed ice.
  3. Swizzle the ingredients together with a bar spoon.
  4. Top with more crushed ice to create a mound.
  5. Garnish with a large mint bouquet and a handful of seasonal berries, such as blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.
  6. Finish with a dusting of powdered sugar and serve with a metal straw.

Tagged: amari club, Cynar