Thursday, June 1, 2023


1 1/2 oz Rittenhouse Bonded Rye
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/4 oz Cynar
1/8 oz Fernet Branca
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters (Bittercube Jamaican #2)

Stir with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with ice, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Two Thursdays ago, I was lured in by the curiously spelled Philabuster on Kindred Cocktails. The recipe was created in 2010 and entered into that site by bartender Ted Kilgore when he was at Taste in St. Louis, and I assume that the alternative spelling of filibuster was due to the Pennsylvania-style rye in the cocktail. Overall, it reminded me of an embittered Vita Brevis, so I was game to give it a go. Once prepared, it stalled on the nose with grapefruit oil over darker notes. Next, caramel and orange elements on the sip passed into rye, menthol, bitter, and orange-grapefruit flavors on the swallow.

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