The Story Behind The Le Toucan
A recent trip to France inspired me to want to create cocktails using Cognac and Armagnac, plus herbal liqueurs, aperitifs, and vermouths.
The Jungle Bird, which traditionally uses rums and Campari, seemed like the perfect place to experiment. I substituted Armagnac for the rum, and replaced Campari with Suze, a delightfully bitter French aperitif. I then made a few additional changes, of course, to ensure the cocktail remained balanced and delicious. My final adjustment was the addition of an egg white, rounding out all the flavors, and giving the drink a great, silky texture.