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Portland bartender Daniel Shoemaker is known for his delicious but complicated concoctions, but for our Four-Ingredient Challenge (check out his Graduate recipe in the May/June 2013 issue), he proved he’s a wiz with simple cocktails too. The only catch? It’s technically five ingredients, Shoemaker admits, but the Coke is optional.
1 1/2 oz. spiced rum
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 barspoon fresh lemon juice
4 dashes Angostura bitters
½ oz. Coca-Cola (optional)
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Garnish: orange peel
Combine the first four ingredients and stir with ice to chill. Add Coca-Cola, strain into a chilled glass, and garnish.
Daniel Shoemaker, Teardrop Lounge, Portland, Oregon