At his Tbilisi cocktail bar 41 Gradus, owner Roman Milostivy highlights chacha, the native spirit of the country of Georgia. The Manhattan-ish Rustaveli is named for famed Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli, who's also the namesake of one of Tbilisi's central thoroughfares. In this drink, Milostivy uses equal parts chacha and sweet vermouth, with a small pour of Cynar and a few drops of absinthe.
- 1 ounce chacha
- 1 ounce sweet Italian vermouth
- 1 teaspoon Cynar
- 5 drops absinthe
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.
Strain into a coupe.