The Wrong Whale

Seanan Forbes, Middle Branch, New York, NY

“In which the right whale was the wrong whale: I sailed the Black Pearl, a 1938 Brigantine yacht. We spotted right whales and most of us went aloft. One of our skippers stayed on deck. The other, on the cross next to me, said that when whales showed affection, they butted—not what you want on a boat.

“I love the way rye and apple brandy play together in drinks such as the Harvest Sour. The rock eliminates the need for sugar and the sherry adds body and colour, as well as a rounding on the flavour. I’m a spirit-forward soul, and the clean and dark richness of this makes me happy.”

1.5 oz (45 ml) Laird’s Applejack

1.5 oz (45 ml) Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye

.75 oz (22.5 ml) Don Zoilo 12 Year-Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry

3-4 dashes Bitter Truth’s Jerry Thomas Own Decanter Bitters

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice, and strain into a chilled coupe. Squeeze the twist over the drink, then discard.

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