“A buddy of mine walked into the bar and asked for a cocktail that ‘won’t get me drunk, because I’m meeting a girl here,’” says bar manager Sean Hoard. “I put together this low-octane Culross variation and called it a Life Vest because I was trying to save my friend’s night.”
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1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula or other sweet vermouth
1 ounce Cocchi Americano (fortified, slightly bitter aperitif wine)
3/4 ounce apricot brandy
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
In a cocktail shaker, combine the vermouth, Cocchi Americano, brandy and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe.
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