Its distinctive notes, often savored in shot form among industry folk, also works its magic in cocktails. For the Thunderdome, what Schmidt deems "a new spin on the Old-Fashioned," he combines Fernet Branca with spicy Rittenhouse rye and a rich maple syrup, finished off with a few dashes of Angostura bitters.
This soothing winter libation is exactly what you want to settle in with, listening to tunes played on the back room's hypnotic piano.
1 oz. Fernet Branca
1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye
¼ oz. maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Build ingredients in glass; add fresh ice and stir. Garnish with orange peel.