Here’s the cocktail I made after coming home on the day of finally signing my divorce settlement, after two years of bitter fighting. I needed something stiff but relaxing, easy to make and yet special enough for the occasion.
Of course, it’s going to start with some brown stuff. Old Forester is the oldest continually produced bourbon in the United States, one of the few authorized legal producers during Prohibition.
Then because a little sweet smoke seemed about right, the next layer is Perique liqueur, a special concoction derived from actual fine pipe tobacco.
As a final flourish, a little cinnamon bitters. I’m lucky enough to have a friend who makes bitters, but you can use any Angostura bitters, which you should always have on hand anyway, and it will work just fine.
Couldn’t be easier to make:
Stir it, drink it. That’s nice, isn’t it? Tastes like the end of Prohibition, our long national nightmare.