There aren’t a whole lot of drinks out there that require a $200 Japanese ice mold to make properly, but the L.E.S. Globetrotter is one of them. This potion of Whiskey, Cognac, Benedictine and Orange Liqueur is sort of like a brighter Vieux Carre, perfect for those looking to step into the world of whiskey-based, stirred drinks without taking the full plunge into Manhattan-Town.
And yes, there are far cheaper ways to get yourself an ice sphere. Recipe after the glamour shot.
Here’s how you make it:
- 1.25oz Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey
- .75oz Hine V.S.O.P. Cognac
- .75oz Benedictine
- .5oz Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb
- 1 Orange Twist
- Stir with ice and strain over an ice sphere into a rocks glass. Garnish with the orange twist.
Despite owning Jim Meehan’s well-regarded cocktail book and having transcribed the entire thing into a queryable format for my own, erhm, purposes, I’d never heard of this PDT tipple until staffer Karen Fu recommended it to me one night.
One of the benefits of enjoying this one at PDT is watching the insane Japanese ice mold in action, but thanks to the magic of the internet I can share that joy with you:
But even without ANY type of sphere maker, you can enjoy the L.E.S. Globetrotter with just one big square cube or even a few smaller ones. The ice will melt a bit faster, so you might want to cut back a teensy bit on the Benedictine and Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb.
Speaking of that latter ingredient, Serious Eats posted a recent article all about the various orange liqueurs out there, which will help you decide on the right alternative if you don’t feel like dropping $40 on the Creole Shrubb. Personally, I enjoy it as an alternative to Triple Sec/Cointreau/Curacao, but YMMV.
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