I wanted a barrel-aged gin cocktail and really didn't know what to make. Maybe I could make something like a Manhattan, but with gin. Or maybe a Negroni. But I also really wanted to use Italicus, which I have an entire bottle of, and is a very strange and unfriendly spirit (i.e. it doesn't really go into anything else!), so I decided to lean into the sweet herbaceousness and then balance it out with the Fred Jerbis's amaro, and that lead me here.
The name is a reference to Mark Zuckerberg's desire to become the Caesar Augustus of the modern era, except Caesar Augustus didn't have to contemplate antitrust concerns.
So we drink in their honor. Santé!
1½ oz Barr Hill Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin
¾ oz Fred Jerbis Amaro 16
½ oz Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Liqueur
½ oz Leopold's Navy Strength Gin
2 dashes Bittermens Boston Bittahs
Stir all the ingredients together over ice and strain into a coup glace.