Left Hand
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Left Hand
Cocktail recipe

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The Left Hand cocktail is a sophisticated blend that brings together the rich warmth of bourbon with the complexity of red vermouth and the slightly bitter, herbal notes of Aperol. ... more The Left Hand cocktail is a sophisticated blend that brings together the rich warmth of bourbon with the complexity of red vermouth and the slightly bitter, herbal notes of Aperol. With the addition of chocolate bitters, this cocktail provides a unique depth of flavor, marrying sweet, bitter, and herbaceous elements in a balanced and intriguing way. Served in a cocktail glass, the Left Hand offers a refined drinking experience, perfect for those who appreciate a cocktail with a comprehensive and nuanced flavor profile. Whether enjoying a quiet evening at home or hosting an elegant gathering, this cocktail is sure to impress with its distinctive blend of ingredients.
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Base ingredient
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Bourbon
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23.96% | 1.82 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Left Hand is a masterclass in flavor layering, blending the robust warmth of bourbon with the mild bitterness of Aperol and the nuanced complexity of red vermouth. The dash of chocolate bitters adds an intriguing depth, making this cocktail a sophisticated choice for those who appreciate the art of mixology and the subtle interplay of distinct yet harmonious flavors.

Method
How to make a Left Hand

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by stirring all the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass or shaker, making sure to mix well for about 10-15 seconds to properly chill and dilute the mix
Once stirred, swiftly strain the cocktail into a pre-chilled glass to keep it nice and cold
This method ensures your drink is perfectly mixed and refreshingly cold before serving

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

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of bourbon is best for the Left Hand cocktail?

For the Left Hand cocktail, a medium to high-rye bourbon is ideal. These bourbons have a spicier flavor that complements the chocolate bitters and the sweetness of the vermouth and Aperol, enhancing the overall balance of the cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of bitters for chocolate bitters in the Left Hand?

While chocolate bitters are recommended for their unique contribution to the Left Hand's flavor profile, you can substitute them with orange or Angostura bitters for a different but still delightful taste. Be mindful that the substitution will slightly alter the cocktail's intended flavor balance.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Left Hand cocktail?

Creating a non-alcoholic version of the Left Hand involves substituting the alcoholic components with non-alcoholic alternatives, such as non-alcoholic bourbon, non-alcoholic aperitif in place of Aperol, and a non-alcoholic sweet vermouth substitute. However, the specific taste and complexity of the original cocktail may not be fully replicated.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to serve the Left Hand cocktail?

The Left Hand, with its complex flavor profile and warming characteristics, is perfect for evening gatherings, dinner parties, or as an after-dinner drink. Its sophisticated blend of ingredients makes it an excellent choice for cocktail enthusiasts looking to explore beyond classic recipes.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should the Left Hand cocktail be garnished?

Traditionally, the Left Hand doesn't require a garnish, allowing its rich flavors to shine through undistracted. However, if you wish to add a visual element, consider a simple orange twist or a cherry to complement the cocktail's deep, nuanced flavors without overwhelming them.

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