You might not believe me, for good reason, but I have it on good word (mine, which I made up) that the original version of Paul’s website featured “The Cocktail Chronicles” with a huge BLINK tag (which I’m not even sure is supported these days) and multiple dancing baby GIFs, all of which modeled after him.
For example, look to the left.
But what to make him?
When I asked one “prominent” blogger (prominent means you don’t update often) he suggested rye and absinthe. Well, Paul is mad at me about setting absinthe on fire and using Mata Hari (though you’d think he’d like the fact that I set Mata Hari on fire) so I stuck with the fresh bottle of Rittenhouse 100 I picked up at Ace the other day. From there, I debated, consulted with someone who actually gets paid to do this for a living (the lovely and talented Ms. Sergi), and we experimented a bit.
I did think about setting some Rittenhouse on fire but I was fairly certain if I did Paul would set ME on fire at Tales.
So then I ended up the Cocktail Chronic(-les). And before you ask, yes, I’ve had the “Chronic(-les) of Narnia” stuck in my head for the past bit.
The Cocktail Chronic-(les)
2 ounces rye (Rittenhouse 100)
1/2 ounce dry vermouth (Dolin dry)
1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 dash Fee’s orange bitters
Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sarcastic comment and insightful commentary.
This makes for a pretty nice, surprisingly light cocktail.
If you try it and enjoy it, as usual, let me know. Yes, this one is a bit late tonight but it’s the 21st one! That means I’ve posted one drink every night – some of them more half-assed than the others (cough cough) but wow, it’s getting harder and harder to think up new ideas. Lest I become Mike Rowe and start begging for new ideas for Dirty Jobs this site, please, if you have any for people not done yet (I’m looking at you Craig!) let me know!
As always – enjoy.
[Twenty-first in a series of drinks named after bloggers, mixologists, and random others who'll hopefully be at Tales. The first post in the series is here.]