The Liberal’s origins can be traced back to a drink served at Cuba’s El Floridita in the 1930s. Supposedly, it was originally made with equal parts rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Amer Picon. The drink’s critics claimed those proportions resulted in a cloyingly sweet cocktail, so the measurements have since been adjusted to achieve a delicious balance. Sadly, Amer Picon is unavailable in the U.S. Instead, opt for Amaro CioCiaro or Bittermens Amère Nouvelle.
- Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
- Stir and strain into a coupe glass.
This cocktail first made an appearance in the mid-1800s when French Foreign Legionnaires were encouraged to drink Dubonnet Rouge—a fortified wine infused with herbs, spices and quinine—to protect against malaria. But it wasn’t until the Queen Mother got her hands on the drink in the 20th century that the Dubonnet Cocktail truly took hold. The...