Tuesday, December 11, 2018

lake city quiet pill

1 1/4 oz Amontillado Sherry (Lustau)
3/4 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
1/2 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao

Stir with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Two Tuesdays ago, I decided to make a relatively low proof nightcap that Christine Fernsebner Eslao had posted on her Instagram a month or two before. Christine provided the recipe for the Lake City Quiet Pill that the bartenders at Backbar served her, and I believe that it was one of their creations; indeed, commenters on Instagram and on here have pointed out that it was the handiwork of Backbar bartender (now at Brick & Mortar) Amanda Greenfield. The drink name refers to the conspiracy theories regarding website-driven hitmen for hire; these tales of private assassination are best summed up by the mini-FAQ on a sub-Reddit LakeCityQuietPills that declares, "Some think they are a group of men and women operating as assassins through channels online. Others think they could be former military or contractors who like to keep in touch via unorthodox ways and some simply think it is a long-played hoax. And me? I don't know... that's why I created this subreddit. I want to know the answer to the who, what, where, why and when of Lake City Quiet Pills." Regardless, Scotch and Cynar have worked well in drinks like the Black Diamond Flip, Scotch and cacao in the Lord Bullingdon's Revenge, and Cynar and cacao in the Avenue A, so it seemed perfect with the fourth ingredient of sherry.
The Lake City Quiet Pill provided a woody spice and peat smoke nose that led into grape, malt, and darker notes from the cacao or Cynar on the sip. Next, smoky Scotch, caramel, and chocolate-herbal flavors rounded out the swallow. Hopefully, this quiet pill can lead to no harm now and in the future.


Unknown said...

Amanda Greenfield made that one, with us in mind. <3 It's a fantastic drink.

frederic said...

Thank you for the extra info! I've updated the post!