Wednesday, September 15, 2021

the smoking man

2 oz Irish Whiskey (Teeling Small Batch)
1 oz Bittered Sweet Vermouth (Punt e Mes)
1 bsp Cinnamon Syrup

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass pre-rinsed with Islay Scotch (Caol Ila).
Two Wednesdays ago, I turned to Chad Austin's Everyone Has a F*cking Cocktail Book and spotted the Manhattah riff called the Smoking Man. The text declares that it is an The X-Files reference, and the show's Wikipedia described how, "The Cigarette Smoking Man is a fictional character and one of the primary antagonists of the American science fiction drama television series The X-Files. He serves as the arch-nemesis of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder." Despite my not having seen an episode with him in it that I can recall, I set to mixing. In the glass, the Smoking Man showcased a medicinal-peaty smoke and plum aroma. Next, a grape sip uncovered Irish whiskey, cinnamon, and bitter herbal flavors on the swallow.

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