This week, we’re giving our stalwart voice-of-history Michelle Philippe the week off. Instead, Brendan and Rico chat with journalist David Goldenberg. He wrote a fascinating article about the origins of the bulletproof vest for the online cabinet of curiositiesÂ Atlas Obscura. Below you’ll find aÂ cocktail inspired by the unlikely story…
The Father’s Bullet
- 2 ounces Bulleit Rye Whiskey (obviously)
- 1/2 ounce of BÃ©nÃ©dictine (an herbal liqueur made by monks)
- 1/2 ounce pickled beet juice (to represent the color of sacramental wine and church. It’s also the color if the vest didn’t work…)
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 lemon (for garnish)
- Dash of orange bitters (to represent the bitterness Father Zeglen might’ve had in his heart after Jan Szczepanik got credit for the vest)
In a cocktail shaker add ice, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, BÃ©nÃ©dictine, beet juice, lemon juice and orange bitters. Shake and then strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Take three lemon twists, braid them together and wrap the braidÂ around the ice cube like a little vest (or headband?) protecting the cube.
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