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Fat Dragon Bar-B-Q bar manager Matt Martin makes cocktails with integrity. But while he swears by tried and true combinations of spirits, syrups, and bitters, he’s also not afraid of throwing in a few surprise ingredients from the Far East. Naturally, these drinks pair wonderfully with Fat Dragon’s east-west food fusions.
1.5 oz gin.75 oz amontillado sherry.75 oz fresh lime juice.5 oz Thai chili-infused agave syruppinch fresh galangal (a ginger-type root with notes of mint easily found in Asian markets)pinch corriander
Combine all ingredients, shake, fine strain into a glass
Garnish by floating a thin cucumber slice on top
2 oz Makers Mark Bourbon1 oz house smoked sweet vermouth (recipe below)2 dashes fees old fashioned bitters
Combine all ingredients and stir
Garnish with a brandied cherry and flamed orange zest
SMOKED SWEET VERMOUTH
Equipment and Ingredients
Plenty of ice2 wide metal containers, one that fits inside the other1L bottle Cinzano Rosso8 cloves and 4 star anise (or other desired spices)smoker or charcoal barbequewood chips (recommended: hickory or fruit woods)
Prepare your smoker as usual
OR (if you haven’t had the chance to import a real Southern smoker from Missouri like Fat Dragon did…)
Prepare your charcoal barbecue – soak wood chips and mix them in with your charcoal briquettes
Prepare your charcoal grill as normal BUT only light the coals on one side of the barbeque
Combine cloves, star anise and the whole 1L of Cinzano Rosso in one metal container. Place on top of the other container containing ice
With your smoker or grill at 225 degrees F, place the container of vermouth (in the ice bath) in your smoker OR on the side of the barbecue that is not directly over the heat.
(If you’re feeling really adventurous, go for the real Fat Dragon technique and throw a few pork bellies in there to smoke as well!)
Note: the ice and the placement of the dish are important to prevent evaporation – you could lose up to 1/4 bottle if you’re not careful!
Monitor and replace the ice consistently
Smoke for 2 hours
Fine strain the smoked vermouth, pour back into the bottle, let cool and store in the fridge