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Destination Cocktail: A.O.C.'s American Poet

A.O.C., the small-plates restaurant concept by Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, recently moved to a lovely spot on 3rd Street in what was formerly Il Covo. The restaurant has long been known for its impeccable wine list, but it now has a full bar with cocktails by talented barman Christiaan Rollich. Rollich, who could easily be called a bar chef, is devoted to using the freshest farmers market ingredients in his drinks, often heading to the kitchen to weave in ever more culinary aspects to their execution. He can also keep it clean and simple, as evidenced by a smooth and drinkable concoction called American Poet. Bourbon and sweet maraschino liqueur form a tipsy couplet alongside the melodious rhyme and rhythm of earthy green Chartreuse, tangy lime juice and orange bitters.

A.O.C. Wine Bar, 8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 653-6359, http://www.aocwinebar.com

American Poet

3 minutes. Serves 1

2 ounces bourbon, preferably Buffalo Trace

1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur, preferably Luxardo

1/2 ounce green Chartreuse

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/4 ounce orange bitters

Orange twist

In a glass or cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, maraschino liqueur, Chartreuse, lime juice and bitters with ice. Stir and strain into a martini glass, then garnish with the orange twist.

EACH SERVING

Calories 252

Protein 0 grams

Carbohydrates 18 grams

Fiber 0 grams

Fat 0 grams

Saturated fat 0 grams

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sugar 17 grams

Sodium 94 mg

NOTE: Adapted from a recipe by Christiaan Rollich at A.O.C. The restaurant uses house-made bitters.

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