Let’s start 2017 out with a double dose of frustration. One of my favorite puzzle box artists, Eric Fuller from North Carolina, has designed a puzzle box inside a puzzle box, with his usual brand of misdirection, difficulty, beauty and precision. Believe it or not, there is a perfect cocktail to toast the genius behind this double dose of devious delight. It originates from the Michelin starred restaurant in Malmo, Sweden named, appropriately enough, Bastard. The home of head chef Andreas Dahlberg, Bastard has been described as “school room meets old fashioned butchers” and “hipster heaven” to name a few. At the back bar, they mix up a perfect concoction of smoky mezcal, sweet vermouth, green Chartreuse and bitters which is known as “Le Saboteur”. Next time you find yourself in Malmo, you may want to check it out, but you can start your own sabotage at home in the meantime with this “guess-cipe” from the cocktail traveling duo over at the Cocktail Detour blog, who have recreated the drink proportions. The drink is impressive, boozy and well balanced. It pairs well with these two puzzle boxes – but you might need one for each! Cheers!

Le Saboteur from Bastard, Malmo (proportions provided by Cocktail Detour)

1 oz Mezcal

1 oz Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth

1 oz Green Chartreuse

Few dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters to taste

Stir well to dilute with plenty of ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a double dose of frustration and keep your wits about you.


For more about this amazing pair of nested puzzle boxes see:

Boxes and Booze: Sabotage!