By Alexander Ali (Death & Co NYC, 2023)

Hybrid Theory

"This old fashioned-style drink was inspired by ginger and macadamia shortbread. In the cocktail, the macadamia orgeat is the nutty sweetener while shochu adds a touch of malt and gingery spice. The Louis Roque Prune Brandy—a rich and juicy distillate made from three varieties of French plums that’s then aged for 5 years in French oak—brings a bit of nutty marzipan and stewed fruit flavors. The addition of a Mexican Fernet Vallet adds a dry bitter and herbal undertone to help soften the other rich ingredients and to create a well-balanced drink." —AA

1¼ ounces Elijah Craig bourbon
½ ounce Louis Roque Vieille prune brandy
¼ ounce Rihei ginger shochu
1 teaspoon Royal Valley Fernet-Vallet
1 teaspoon macadamia nut orgeat (we use Orgeat Works brand)

Stir all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass over 1 large ice cube. No garnish.