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Created by bar manager James West at Marché Restaurant, Eugene, Oregon

I had this drink tonight and was completely blown away. You won’t find many drinks on this blog that were created by bartenders other than me (it is my website after all) but this drink deserves to be the exception to the rule.

I don’t normally reach for the amaretto when I’m mixing, but this drink is the very definition of balance. Think of it as an amaretto Manhattan with a kick, but rather than stirring this one, shake it to tame the flavors and break up the star anise – releasing its delicate oils.

If you ever find yourselves in Eugene, be sure to stop into Marché’s bar and have James make this incredible cocktail.

Ascot Print Me

  • 1.5 oz Maker's Mark bourbon
  • .75 oz DiSaronno amaretto
  • 2 dashes peach bitters
  • 1 star anise seed
  1. Shake well over cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a star anise seed and a brandied cherry.

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2 Replies to “Ascot”

  • doctorx0079 says:

    This inspires me to start experimenting with the Godfather. It’s blended Scotch and amaretto on the rocks. I like to use Luxardo Amaretto and Johnnie Walker Black.

  • Matt says:

    This is the best drink I’ve ever made at home. It’s amazing how well the almond, peach, and anise blend together. Thank you.

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