Northern Standard Cocktail Drink

Northern Standard

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Northern Standard Cocktail recipe is about simplicity and taste, combining just a few ingredients to create a memorable drink.

Northern Standard Cocktail Recipe

Savor the bold flavors with this Northern Standard Cocktail recipe, blending rye, vermouth, and bitters for a classic experience.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

190 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Knob Creek Rye, or your favorite rye whiskey
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, or a sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Fernet Angelico, or Fernet Branca
  • 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Gran Classico, or your favorite amaro
  • Luxardo Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Start by stirring some ice cubes in your cocktail glass to chill it.
  • Add 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the mixing glass.
  • Measure and pour 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Fernet Angelico and 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Gran Classico.
  • Add to the mixture 1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth.
  • Measure and pour 2¼ oz Knob Creek Rye.
  • Fill your mixing glass three quarters full with ice cubes.
  • Stir for 45 revolutions.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry skewered on a bamboo pick.
  • Serve quickly.

Notes

 Substitutes:

  • Rye: Any quality rye whiskey works if you don't have Knob Creek Rye. I've used Bulleit Rye with great results.
  • Vermouth: No Carpano Antica Formula? Try another sweet vermouth like Dolin Rouge. The flavor profile changes slightly, but still delicious.
  • Fernet: Fernet Angelico can be strong. If it's too much, reduce it by 1/4 teaspoon and increase the amaro slightly. Fernet Branca is a good alternative.
  • Amaro: Feel free to experiment with different Amaros. Each brings its unique flavor, making the cocktail interesting every time.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale up the ingredients proportionally. For a group of 8, use 18 ounces of rye, 8 ounces of vermouth, 16 dashes of bitters, 8 teaspoons of Fernet, and 8 teaspoons of amaro.
  • Mix in a large pitcher with ice, stir well, and serve in chilled glasses with cherries.

Non-Alcoholic Version:

  • Replace the rye with a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative.
  • Use a non-alcoholic sweet vermouth substitute.
  • Mix a non-alcoholic herbal bitter with a bit of simple syrup for Fernet and amaro.

Making it Vegan:

  • Ensure that the vermouth and amaro you use are vegan-friendly, as some brands use animal products in processing.
  • For the garnish, use vegan maraschino cherries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
190
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
0.3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Potassium
 
7
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.01
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Northern Standard Cocktail Drink

Northern Standard Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Savor the bold flavors with this Northern Standard Cocktail recipe, blending rye, vermouth, and bitters for a classic experience.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 190

Ingredients
 

  • oz Knob Creek Rye - or your favorite rye whiskey
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth - or a sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Fernet Angelico - or Fernet Branca
  • 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Gran Classico - or your favorite amaro
  • Luxardo Maraschino cherries - for garnish

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Start by stirring some ice cubes in your cocktail glass to chill it.
  • Add 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the mixing glass.
  • Measure and pour 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Fernet Angelico and 1 tsp Tempus Fugit Gran Classico.
  • Add to the mixture 1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth.
  • Measure and pour 2¼ oz Knob Creek Rye.
  • Fill your mixing glass three quarters full with ice cubes.
  • Stir for 45 revolutions.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry skewered on a bamboo pick.
  • Serve quickly.

Notes

 Substitutes:

  • Rye: Any quality rye whiskey works if you don't have Knob Creek Rye. I've used Bulleit Rye with great results.
  • Vermouth: No Carpano Antica Formula? Try another sweet vermouth like Dolin Rouge. The flavor profile changes slightly, but still delicious.
  • Fernet: Fernet Angelico can be strong. If it's too much, reduce it by 1/4 teaspoon and increase the amaro slightly. Fernet Branca is a good alternative.
  • Amaro: Feel free to experiment with different Amaros. Each brings its unique flavor, making the cocktail interesting every time.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale up the ingredients proportionally. For a group of 8, use 18 ounces of rye, 8 ounces of vermouth, 16 dashes of bitters, 8 teaspoons of Fernet, and 8 teaspoons of amaro.
  • Mix in a large pitcher with ice, stir well, and serve in chilled glasses with cherries.

Non-Alcoholic Version:

  • Replace the rye with a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative.
  • Use a non-alcoholic sweet vermouth substitute.
  • Mix a non-alcoholic herbal bitter with a bit of simple syrup for Fernet and amaro.

Making it Vegan:

  • Ensure that the vermouth and amaro you use are vegan-friendly, as some brands use animal products in processing.
  • For the garnish, use vegan maraschino cherries.

What is a Northern Standard Cocktail?

A Northern Standard Cocktail is a whiskey drink that combines Knob Creek Rye with Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth and a mix of bitters. This cocktail stands out for its rich, full-flavored profile, making it a modern twist on classic whiskey cocktails.

A side shot of a Northern Standard cocktail in a cocktail glass on a wooden tray with a bar spoon, a red cloth and a jigger around, placed on a table.

What is Northern Standard Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Here’s what you need for a Northern Standard:

  • Knob Creek Rye: This high-quality rye whiskey forms the robust base of the cocktail, contributing a spicy and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth: A sweet vermouth that adds complexity and hints of herbal notes.
  • Angostura Bitters: These bitters provide a subtle spice and balance to the cocktail, enhancing its overall depth.
  • Tempus Fugit Fernet Angelico or Fernet Branca: Adds a unique, minty bitterness that complements the whiskey.
  • Tempus Fugit Gran Classico or another amaro: This ingredient introduces a bittersweet profile, enriching the cocktail’s flavor palette.
  • Luxardo Maraschino Cherries: Used for garnish, these cherries add a touch of sweetness and an elegant visual appeal.

Vermouth, rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, fernet and amaro, laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Northern Standard Cocktail?

Learn how to make a Northern Standard using our simple steps:

1
<p>Include 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters into the mixing glass, for a subtle spice and depth.</p>

Include 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters into the mixing glass, for a subtle spice and depth.

2
<p>Measure and add 1 teaspoon of Tempus Fugit Fernet Angelico or Fernet Branca, introducing a minty bitterness.</p>

Measure and add 1 teaspoon of Tempus Fugit Fernet Angelico or Fernet Branca, introducing a minty bitterness.

3
<p>Add 1 teaspoon of Tempus Fugit Gran Classico or your preferred amaro to enhance the bittersweet profile.</p>

Add 1 teaspoon of Tempus Fugit Gran Classico or your preferred amaro to enhance the bittersweet profile.

4
<p>Add 1 ounce of Carpano Antica Vermouth to bring in a sweet and herbal complexity.</p>

Add 1 ounce of Carpano Antica Vermouth to bring in a sweet and herbal complexity.

5
<p>Pour 2¼ ounces of Knob Creek Rye or your favorite Rye Whiskey, providing the cocktail’s strong whiskey foundation.</p>

Pour 2¼ ounces of Knob Creek Rye or your favorite Rye Whiskey, providing the cocktail’s strong whiskey foundation.

6
<p>Add ice for three-quarters of the mixing glass.</p>

Add ice for three-quarters of the mixing glass.

7
<p>Stir the mixture for about 45 revolutions, ensuring all ingredients blend well while chilling the drink.</p>

Stir the mixture for about 45 revolutions, ensuring all ingredients blend well while chilling the drink.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled coupe glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled coupe glass.

9
<p>Strain the well-mixed cocktail into a chilled coupe glass to maintain its temperature.</p>

Strain the well-mixed cocktail into a chilled coupe glass to maintain its temperature.

10
<p>Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry on a bamboo pick for a final touch of sweetness and visual appeal.</p>

Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry on a bamboo pick for a final touch of sweetness and visual appeal.

11
<p>Enjoy your Northern Standard cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Northern Standard cocktail!

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FAQ

What is the alcohol by volume (ABV) of a Northern Standard Cocktail?
The ABV varies based on the specific ingredient brands but typically ranges around 25-30%.
How strong is the Northern Standard Cocktail in terms of proof?
It's generally around 50-60 proof, depending on the rye and vermouth used.
What type of alcohol does the Northern Standard Cocktail use?
It primarily uses Knob Creek Rye whiskey.
In which glass is the Northern Standard Cocktail served?
It's typically served in a chilled coupe glass.
What does the Northern Standard Cocktail taste like?
It has a rich, full-bodied flavor with notes of spice from the rye, herbal sweetness from the vermouth, and a hint of bitterness from the bitters.
What is the ingredient ratio in a Northern Standard Cocktail?
The classic ratio is 2¼ ounces of rye, 1 ounce of vermouth, and dashes of bitters, with a teaspoon each of Fernet and amaro.
How is the Northern Standard Cocktail served in terms of ice?
It's stirred with ice and then strained into the glass, served without ice (also known as 'up' or 'straight up').

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