There is a very distinctive drawer in the Apothecary Chest with a shiny brass circle on its front. This is “A Twist of Fate”, a unique creation by Australian artist Dave Cooper. I’d like to raise a glass to this fine fellow, a truly talented and selfless man with a fantastic sense of humor, who has dealt with life’s twists of fate and continues to embrace all that life has to offer. Dave grew up in the Australian bush and never leaves home without his trusty Akubra – a classic Aussie bush hat. He also enjoys a dram or two of Scotch now and then. I discovered an apropos cocktail, also called “A Twist of Fate”, created by Seth Freidus from Alden and Harlow in Boston’s Harvard Square. The drink is originally based with vodka, but for this pairing I’ve taken the liberty of exchanging that for a nice smoky scotch, which really does the trick and is Dave Cooper approved. Smoky and sweet, it’s a twist on your typical scotch cocktail and really compliments this remarkable twist on the usual puzzle box quite nicely.


Twist of Fate adapted from Seth Freidus

1 ½ oz smoky scotch

1 oz homemade grenadine

¾ oz fresh lime

2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a grapefruit Akubra.


For more about the twisted Twist of Fate box:

Triple Twist (Apothecary Part IV)