Nicole Lebedevitch makes the unlikely pairing of Armagnac and fresh mint work by simply stirring mint leaves into the drink, then straining them out. Muddling the mint or even shaking the drink would release too much of the mint oils.
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2 ounces Armagnac, preferably XO
1/2 ounce dry orange Curaçao
1/2 ounce Amaro, preferably S. Maria al Monte
2 1/4 teaspoons Simple Syrup
5 mint leaves
How to Make It
In a mixing glass, combine the Armagnac, Curaçao, Amaro, Simple Syrup and mint; fill with ice and stir well. Strain the drink into a chilled double rocks glass.
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