Many bourbon lovers occasionally spike a cup of coffee with a slug from their favorite bottle; the Revolver is the same flavor principle in reverse, putting the bold bite of the whiskey up front and rounding out the flavor with coffee and the brightness of orange peel. If you’re a bourbon drinker, the Revolver is one cocktail worth getting to know
Introduced by San Francisco bartender Jon Santer around 2003, the Revolver was originally made with the rye-heavy Bulleit Bourbon (Bulleit, Revolver—get it?), which has a spicy spark that’s accented with orange bitters and buffered by a dose of rich coffee liqueur.
Ingredients: 2 ounces bourbon (a rye-heavy bourbon such as Bulleit, Buffalo Trace or Basil Hayden is recommended) 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur 2 dashes orange bitters Garnish: wide strip of orange zest
Preparation: Combine bourbon, coffee liqueur, and orange bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist orange peel to express oils over drink and use as garnish