It's dark and bitter cocktail with just a touch of complex sweetness, named after the eponymous poet of similar description and unrivaled notoriety. Charles Bukowski championed what he might call the working stiff — bartenders, mail carriers, plumbers — and worked to bring the poetry of their lives to the wider world.
The drink itself is garnished with dark maraschino cherries. Our Demerara Syrup provides a gentle sweetness and rounds out this spirit-forward sipper.
We have no patience for neon-red maraschinos. Only a high-quality cherry like Luxardo Maraschino will do.
2.0 oz. Bourbon
1.0 oz. Amaro Averna
0.5 oz. Eli Mason Demerara Syrup
0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Barspoon Cherry Syrup (from your jar of primo cherries)
Stir ingredients over ice and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with premium cherries and a lemon twist.