Monday, April 1, 2024

armchair philosopher

2 oz Rye Whiskey (Old Overholrt 86°)
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a Laphroaig- or Ardbeg-rinsed coupe (Ardbeg 10 Year).
Two Mondays ago, I ventured back to the online recipe flashcard sets for the Violet Hour in Chicago, and in the collection of dealer's choice drinks was the Armchair Philosopher that was somewhere between a Manhattan and an Old Pal. The Aperol-containing Perfect Pal at the Independent might be more apropos than the classic Old Pal as would the Neighborhood Nine at Temple Bar. Once assembled, the Armchair Philosopher pontificated with a peat smoke nose. Next, a semi-dry orange sip flowed into rye, orange, smoke, and anise flavors on the swallow.

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