Locke & Keynes Cocktail

When it comes to cocktails, my husband and I usually stick to the classics. A typical weekend night begins with a gin martini for him and a Sazerac for me. When we lived in Richmond, we really only got creative when we went out – and really, we were spoiled with craft cocktails from Saison, Heritage, and The Roosevelt. But since we’ve relocated, save for a couple of spots like Napa and Co. and Luxe, it’s been a bit harder to keep us happy out at the bars (unless we go into the city of course).

So this weekend, we decided to take on the creativity matter in the comfort of our apartment. Some of our favorite ingredients this Fall have been Carpano Antica Formula, Fernet Branca, and Laird’s Applejack, so we figured why not put them all together. Other than helping pick out the ingredients, I really didn’t have a hand in this recipe. All props go to my husband – he’s the one who does the cocktail mixing around here, I’m just the taste tester. 😉

A bit of a warning – this cocktail is a boozy one so proceed with caution. We call it Locke & Keynes for a few reasons:

  1. Stamford’s early nickname “Lock City” was a result of the Yale Lock Manufacturing Company producing cylinder locks in the South End.
  2. My husband is a finance junky and as such, much of our life together revolves around finance and economics and anything related to finance and economics. Zzzz…
    1. John Locke – social contract, natural rights, individual liberty, theory of value, supply and demand, etc.
    2. John Maynard Keynes – one of the founding fathers of modern macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, etc. etc.

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 Grocery List

Makes one cocktail

1 ounce Laird’s Applejack

1 ounce Willet Copper Pot Still Reserve (or the bourbon of your choice)

1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula

1 barspoon Fernet Branca

Orange peel


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How To

Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer. Partially fill a shaker with ice. Add in the applejack, bourbon, vermouth, and Fernet. Stir well, until the mixture is very cold. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a flamed orange peel. Enjoy!

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