The Flatiron Lounge is my favorite cocktail bar in NYC. I’ve long been captivated by the multi-step flavor of The Heart it Races by Julie Reiner which is no longer on the menu but known to the mixologists there. The real magic in this drink is the muddled coffee beans, which follow the rest of the flavors chronologically.
This drink is so superbly blended (and a Flatiron visit so fun) that I never had much luck identifying the components (other than coffee). But tonight, searching for ways to use Campari, I ran across a variation on the classic Rye/Vermouth/Campari Boulivardier (itself a variation on the crisp Negroni made with Gin/Vermouth/Campari) that gave me a hunch:
Swapping the gin for whiskey opens the drink up to blending with smoky flavors. Just add coffee beans and, voilà! It tastes like The Heart it Races! Here’s how to make my version, The Heart:
- 2 oz. Widow Jane 7-year straight bourbon
- 1/2 oz. Sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz. Campari
- 3 freshly roasted espresso beans
Fill a mixing glass half-full of ice. Crush the espresso beans with a mortar and pestle and add to glass. Add bourbon, vermouth and Campari and stir for 30 seconds. Strain through a fine sieve into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.