Cocktail Of The Week: Sea Captain’s Special

This Friday’s Cocktail of the Week is the Sea Captain’s Special.

Glass: Old-fashioned



  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Bitters — Angostura bitters
  • club soda
  • 2 1/2 ounces whiskey — rye whisky
  • Brut champagne
  • absinthe


In an Old-Fashioned glass, place a sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar). Wet this down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of water or club soda and crush the sugar with a muddler or whatever’s handy. Rotate the glass so that sugar grains and bitters give it a lining. Add a large ice cube. Pour in 2 1/2 ounces rye (or bourbon) and top off with brut champagne and 2 dashes absinthe. (If you lack this ingredient, you may use one of the substitutes available — Absente, Herbsaint, Pernod, etc. — but since they contain no wormwood, this step will be, let’s say, homeopathic.)

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