The Tesseract

The Tesseract

Somewhere on here, there’s a post about how I want this whole blog to be about approachable DIY cocktails that give mixology back to the average drinker. I really did mean that when I wrote it, honest. But you know how it is. The market shifts. Business models need to pivot. And sometimes the rank and file gets bored and you need to throw them a bone once and a while. As we say at my ad agency day job, what some people may call contradictions, we call “evolving our messaging.”

But if you don’t buy that, fine. Give me this one and next time I’ll do a gin and tonic.

It’s a good one, I swear. But the way I’ve put it together it requires a few, shall we say, arcane ingredients. One of them you’ll probably be familiar with if you make a habit of perusing nineteenth century bar manuals. Another takes about two months to make – and you have to make it yourself, because it’s been extinct in the US for about 50 years. And another may have taken a route to the States that was somewhat more circuitous than most.

But don’t let that throw you. It’s a great drink and one you’ll love making yourself – if you’re really into sources so obscure they’d make a professor of comparative eighteenth century Russian literature roll his eyes and reach for a complete season of the Jersey Shore.

For you, here’s the Tesseract:
1 oz rye whiskey (Sazerac)
1 oz house Amer Picon
1 oz Rosso Antico
1 barspoon Benedictine
1 dash Boker’s bitters
1 dash orange bitters

Stir on the rocks, pour straight up, and garnish with a flamed orange rind. Because a drink’s not *really* obscure until it involves fire hazards and at least one import/export company.

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