The Bâton Rouge
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The Bâton Rouge
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.7 / 5
Vermouth lovers will enjoy The Baton Rouge cocktail. With equal measures of gold rum and sweet vermouth, and a double measure of cognac, the spirits are carefully stirred together with ... more Vermouth lovers will enjoy The Baton Rouge cocktail. With equal measures of gold rum and sweet vermouth, and a double measure of cognac, the spirits are carefully stirred together with ice, Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters to create a smooth, potent cocktail that is actually served in its namesake restaurant.

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Gold rum
Garnish
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Lemon
Alcohol content
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34% | 2.72 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Bâton Rouge is a lavish and complex mix, combining cognac, vermouth, and rum with hints of bitters, creating a cocktail with a deep, robust flavor and an aromatic richness. It's a sophisticated drink for refined palates, often enjoyed in urbane settings where its depth and maturity can be fully appreciated.

Method
How to make a The Bâton Rouge

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour cognac into a mixing glass, and sweet vermouth and gold rum
Add a dash of both of the bitters, and then stir together with ice
Pour into a cocktail glass and squeeze a small amount of lemon zest over the top for an aromatic finish, before serving
~ It is important not to shake this recipe as that will dilute the drink. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Dash  ·  Bitters  ·  Stir  ·  Zest  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is The Bâton Rouge stirred and not shaken?

The Bâton Rouge, like many cocktails that are exclusively spirit-based, is stirred instead of shaken to maintain a silky texture without the dilution and aeration that shaking can introduce. Stirring gently combines the cognac, red vermouth, gold rum, and bitters, preserving the rich flavors and ensuring clarity in the final presentation.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of rum in The Bâton Rouge if I don't have gold rum?

Yes, you can substitute gold rum with another type of rum if necessary. White rum will offer a lighter, slightly sweeter profile, while dark rum will bring in deeper, molasses-like flavors. Both can work well, but the choice will slightly alter the cocktail’s overall flavor profile.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal garnish for The Bâton Rouge?

The Bâton Rouge is best garnished with a twist of lemon or orange peel. This adds a bright, citrus aroma that complements the depth of the cognac and the complexity of the bitters, enhancing the overall sensory experience of the cocktail.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of The Bâton Rouge compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 34%, The Bâton Rouge sits slightly higher than the average cocktail, which typically ranges from 15% to 30% alcohol by volume. This makes it a stronger choice, ideal for sipping slowly to savor the nuanced flavors.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with The Bâton Rouge?

The rich and complex flavors of The Bâton Rouge pair well with savory appetizers, such as charcuterie boards featuring aged cheeses, cured meats, and nuts. The boldness of the cognac and the herbal notes from the vermouth and bitters complement rich, fatty foods and can cut through the richness to cleanse the palate.

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