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Little Valiant


“We’re not looking for a drink that’s going from not-salty to salty, but one that starts out as overly bitter, then balances out over time through the introduction of saline,” said Will Thompson of Straight Law in Brookline, Mass. Here the aggressive bitterness is “sanded off and quieted down,” allowing the vegetal components of the gentian liqueur to assert themselves. Pictured above on left.

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  • 2 ounces Salers gentian liqueur
  • 2 ounces Cocchi Americano
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 barspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large chunk of ice
  • small pinch of salt, for garnish


Servings 1
Adapted from


Step 1

Pour Salers gentian liqueur, Cocchi Americano, orange bitters and lemon juice over ice in a double Old Fashioned glass. Stir and then garnish with a small pinch of salt.

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