This Friday’s Cocktail of the Week is the Sea Captain’s Special.
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes Bitters — Angostura bitters
- club soda
- 2 1/2 ounces whiskey — rye whisky
- Brut champagne
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.)