I created Darwin’s Demise in September 2017 for Mulberry Bar. I was experimenting with a cocktail called The American Trilogy (2007) from the New York bar Little Branch. It uses orange bitters, Applejack, Rye and sugar. In Darwin’s Demise, the orange bitters and Calvados (French apple brandy) make it a nice ‘juicy’ drink; fino sherry adds nuttiness and sharpness, while ancho chili liqueur adds a spicy layer to the finish. Monkey Shoulder is the blended scotch that ties the drink together, and lends itself to the name.
2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
1/8 oz gomme syrup
1/4 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1/4 oz Fino Sherry
1/2 oz Calvados
1/2 oz Blended Scotch (I used Monkey Shoulder)
Stir, strain, and serve in a small coupe. A thin apple slice for garnish.