The 501st Cocktail

The 501st Cocktail, a take on the Fourth Regiment

This little cocktail is one I’m calling the 501st, it’s a take on the classic Fourth Regiment which calls for rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, celery, orange, and aromatic bitters. If you don’t know, the 501st is an elite stormtrooper squadron in the Star Wars universe and so named the drink due to the white [unaged] rye whiskey I used in it in reference to their armor. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 oz Dillon’s White Rye
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth [Dolin]
  • 1 Dash Celery Bitters [Fee Brothers]
  • 1 Dash Aromatic Bitters [Angostura]
  • 1 Dash Orange Bitters [Root Bitters]
  • 1 Splash Soda Water

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled coupe, and add a splash of soda water, don’t top it up, just a splash. The Fourth Regiment cocktail calls for a lemon twist garnish, I’ll leave that up to you. Initially I tried to make this an all white cocktail with dry vermouth, but the Angostura kept tinting it anyways and it came out too herbal with all the bitters so I switched back to sweet vermouth.

I don’t think the Dolin was right here, I should have gone with something a bit spicier to match the rye like Carpano or even Martini to be honest. One of the bars in town just came out with a delicious spicy vermouth which I’ll be featuring here soon and maybe I’ll try again with that and maybe a small splash of simple syrup.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients that’s half the fun to bartending and mixology and you never know what you may wind up with.


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