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New York City mixologist Chris Lowder stirs a pinch of salt into this Manhattan-style Cognac cocktail. “Salt can emphasize flavors and offset bitterness,” he says.

Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 1/2 ounces overproof Cognac, preferably Pierre Ferrand 1840

  • 1/2 ounce Amaro Meletti

  • 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica Formula or other sweet vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce Jamaican rum, such as Appleton V/X

  • 1/4 ounce sweet sherry, preferably Pedro Ximénez

  • Small pinch of salt

  • Ice

  • 1 grapefruit twist


  1. In a mixing glass, combine the Cognac, amaro, vermouth, rum, sherry and salt. Fill the glass with ice, stir well and strain into a chilled coupe. Pinch the grapefruit twist over the drink and discard.

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