Dubonnet - 1 oz
Amer Picon - 1/2 oz
Cointreau - 1/2 oz
Stir everything with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
A interesting drink I found in “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. In a similar way that churches had the right to offer sanctuary form the law, until the “The Escape from Prison Act” was published in 1697; bars and many other forms of public establishment had the right to ban women from entering, which offers men a “sanctuary” from their wives and what have you. The Savoy Hotel at the time was one of the last places in London that had this privilege. It doesn’t matter how you interpret the term “sanctuary”, you should feel safe and at ease when sipping on this cocktail.
The best way to describe it is “bittersweet, with a accent on orange”, sounds like a Negroni much? Although other than these qualities, the two drinks are quite different. Bitterness mainly comes from Amer Picon, and the quinine used to produce Dubonnet; this bitterness is slightly balanced with the sweetness from the Cointreau. Interestingly all ingredients in this drink came from France.
Again, true Amer Picon is no longer available, even the Picon you get today, is very different form the original. The American version Torani Amer offers a similar experience, and other amaros and bitter liqueurs that were recommended include Ramazotti, Amer Montenegro, Amer Nonino etc.
The bitterness makes it an ideal apéritif cocktail.