Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the murder of dutch schultz

1 1/2 oz Bols Genever
1 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
1 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
1/2 oz Bols Crème de Cacao

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Two Sundays ago, I paid a visit to Stoddard's when Tony Iamunno was tending bar. For a first drink, I asked Tony about the Murder of Dutch Schultz on the cocktail menu. Tony described how during fits of insomnia, he reads Wikipedia, and in one of those browsing sessions, he found an article on the Jewish-American and Italian-American Murder, Inc. gang. I became familiar with Dutch Schultz through William Burroughs' piece "The Last Words of Dutch Schultz"; Dutch was a 1930s-era German-Jewish gangster who became the target of the Murder, Inc. hit squad. While they did mortally wound Dutch, he lived on for a few hours to ramble in a high-fever delirium.
The Murder of Dutch Schultz in cocktail format proffered an orange and malt aroma. The sherry's grape mingled with the Genever's malt on the sip, and the swallow began with more of the Genever notes and ended with a chocolate and orange finish.

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