101 Best New Cocktails: Devil’s Pitchfork by Ted Kilgore, Planter’s House, Saint Louis, MO, USA

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Devil’s Pitchfork

Ted Kilgore, Planter’s House, Saint Louis, MO, USA

“As I was catching up on some emails and checking newsletters I rarely have time to read any more now that I am an owner, a Difford’s Guide article about gentian root liqueurs piqued my interest. In this post it was revealed that the tool they used to harvest the roots is called a Devil’s Pitchfork. I of course thought there needs to be a drink with that name and it needs to be with an unruly amount of gentian liqueur. After sending for test subjects to try the abomination in my brain, the Devil’s Pitchfork was agreed upon. I now promise to stop bothering you with weird evil drinks that cause depravity.” Ted Kilgore

Devils Pitchfork30 ml (1 oz) Rittenhouse rye whiskey (oh come on Gaz, you knew it was going to start that way, didn’t you?)

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Suze liqueur

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Salers aperitif

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Joseph Cartron crème de cerise (or Cherry Heering)

2 dashes Bittercube Corazòn bitters

1 long grapefruit twist, as garnish (see Note)

1 cherry, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a highball glass with a big cube of ice. Add the garnishes.

Note: Trim one end of the grapefruit twist into 3 points to resemble pitchfork tines. We use custom ice cylinders and wrap the twist up the side and lay it across the top.

gaz sez: I’ll be uber-sad if Ted Kilgore ever stops bothering me with weird evil drinks that cause depravity. It’s what he does best. Good to see you’re still a crazy bastard, Ted, and that your current creations are so well put together. I’d never expect less from you.


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