Complex flavors of liqueurs, bitters and aperitifs pair exceptionally well with bourbon. When using bourbon as the base, think of how you could add 2-4 elements as the 'seasonings' to your cocktail. But when making a boozy bourbon cocktail, keep one thing in mind: stir, don't shake. Shaking may be great for margaritas or drinks with lots of fruit juices, but when you're looking for something boozy, stirring is the way to chill without watering it down.
This cocktail is the perfect example of that. We encourage you to experiment at home and try making this one two ways - stirred and shaken. You'll see how the flavors stand up in a stirred drink and seem to disappear when it's shaken. Another trick we love to use in boozy bourbon drinks is gomme syrup. It's essentially a rich simple syrup with the addition of gum arabic. This one ingredient adds a silky-mouth feel that cuts the sharp boozy edge without compromising the flavors. Eli Mason makes a great one - get it and keep it in your bar.
cocktail mixing glass
In a cocktail mixing glass, add a few large ice cubes and pour in bourbon, violet liqueur, Cynar and gomme syrup. Stir for 20-30 seconds to chill before straining into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.