The Kings Exchange


C loves to make interesting cocktails – he prides himself on his mixology at least as much as I pride myself on my cooking adventures. Inspired by The Gentleman’s Exchange from Gear Patrol, C made this cocktail, which had the added benefit of putting my leftover iced French press coffee to use. The name was altered in solidarity with the other cocktail of that evening, the Kings Old Fashioned and to reflect the fact that C took aggressive liberties with the recipe, as often happens.

The Kings Exchange

  • 2 ounces Old Overholt Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Carpano Antica
  • 3/4 ounce Fernet Branca
  • 1/2 oz concentrated iced coffee (brewing method is personal preference)
  • 1 barspoon Ricard pastis
  • 2 dash Angostura bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice in a cocktail mixing glass. Strain over one large ice cube. We garnished with a twist of orange (the original recipe calls for grapefruit, which we didn’t have) but C wasn’t sure it complemented the other flavors well. Consider trying a few coffee beans or brandied cherries instead.