Bitter Handshake by TechieBlends

The cocktail was originally created by Andrew Bohrer of Seattle and featured in the book Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons. This fernet old-fashioned riff with rye whiskey syrup is bitter, minty, citrusy and a fabulous one to sip through the holidays. Give it a try!

Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into an old fashioned glass and garnish with orange peel.

Blood Orange Reduction: *In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup blood orange juice to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until reduced by 1/3rd. Remove from heat and let cool.

Rye Whiskey Syrup: **In a small saucepan, combine equal part sugar with equal part rye, and slowly bring to a simmer while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cool and store in refrigerator for few months.