This recipe was first published as part of our feature on minimalist drinks.

In this drink at BlackTail, New York, it’s the carefully engineered liquid – not a garnish – that does the talking.

22.5ml Cardamaro
22.5ml VSOP cognac
22.5ml Bourbon
7.5ml Novo Fogo barrel-aged cachaça
5ml Meletti Amaro
2.5ml Tonka syrup
1ds Bittered sling cherry

Stir the ingredients over ice and strain into a rocks glass with a single large ice cube. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and discard.