The Liberal’s origins can be traced back to a drink served at Cuba’s El Floridita in the 1930s. Supposedly, it was originally made with equal parts rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Amer Picon. The drink’s critics claimed those proportions resulted in a cloyingly sweet cocktail, so the measurements have since been adjusted to achieve a delicious balance. Sadly, Amer Picon is unavailable in the U.S. Instead, opt for Amaro CioCiaro or Bittermens Amère Nouvelle.
- 1.5 oz rye
- .5 oz sweet vermouth
- .25 oz Amer Picon
- 1-2 dashes bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
Stir and strain into a coupe glass.