Trompe L’Oiel

William Elliott | New York

French for “deceive the eye,” trompe l’oeil was a baroque art technique used to make flat images appear three-dimensional. Brooklyn bar director Elliott’s creation is a little less baroque, featuring a mere four ingredients, though two of them are quite interesting. Mauro Vergano Americano is a Grignolino-based vermouth infused with wormwood, gentian root, and bitter orange zest, adding a mentholated richness to the cocktail. Kümmel, a German liqueur made with caraway seed, cumin, and fennel, ups the herbal ornateness even further.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 parts Mauro Vergano Americano
  • 1 part Plymouth Gin
  • 1/4 part Kümmel
  • 3 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters

Garnish: lemon twist

  1. Stir the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a rocks glass over one large cube.
  2. Garnish with the lemon twist.