Chino Lopez is my barber. I know naming a drink after ones barber is odd, but he is a very cool barber and works really hard. Chino is so cool he deserves a drink named after him. When I designed this cocktail I wanted something with a bit of a different flavor than the norm, and a bit bad a$$. The addition of both sweet vermouth and benedictine lend a boozy earthiness to the drink. Dash in some Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters, which are more cinnamon forward to balance the drink.
If you are wondering why name a drink after a barber? That’s a different story, I prefer interesting barbershops. Something from a movie, my last barber in Tampa was in an edgy hip hop style barbershop, more razor than scissor. Chino is the owner of this Latin barbershop. No one is safe from a ribbing, everyone gets a great haircut, this place is full of “chignon’s”, and I love going there.
Enjoy the Chino Lopez, its worth the effort. Here is a cut and paste for your happy hour menu:
White Rum. Sweet Vermouth. Benedictine. Aromatic Bitters.
- 2 ounces of White Rum
- 1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Benedictine
- 1 Dash Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
- Orange Twist as Garnish
Stir all with a generous portion of ice for 30 seconds
Strain into a chilled coupe
Garnish with orange twist
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Really great cocktails are about balance, skill, and quality. If you think about it that is parable for life, and certainly for cooking. About 6 months ago my beautiful wife, daughter, and I went to Manhattan, and ended up at a high-end bar called “Death & Co”. I fell in love, this was cocktail heaven. My wife purchased their second recipe book for me called the “Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions” when we got home. I learned I knew almost nothing about making a fantastic cocktail. The great news is it is not very hard to make great ones. I just needed an honest guide and practice. One caveat about this book; it is written by skilled bartenders for skilled bartenders. They have ingredients we mere mortals may never make, but it is very informative.