October 23, 2011 (Day 208) — Diabolic

Diabolic is a great Scrabble word. Look at all those constants and vowels.

It has a pretty excellent definition, too.

From Merriam-Webster:

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the devil : devilish <a diabolical plot>

Another young man swaps the book of salvation for the devil's black book of the damned. (source: http://personal.rhul.ac.uk)

It’s also a fitting word considering Halloween is upon us once again and it’s time for kids to dress up and trick or treat, and time for adults to dress up and drink crazy-named and designed cocktails. I still maintain that there’s a huge amount of gender inequity when women are allowed to wear Sexy Fill-in-the-Blank costumes, but the moment I bust out my Wonder Woman outfit, I’M a pervert.

gusto1.com / via buzzfeed.com

Tonight’s drink is an original which plays off of the classic Diabolo cocktail found in Bill Edward’s 1936 book “How to Mix Drinks.”


  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • .5 oz dry vermouth
  • 3 dashes orange curacao
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Tonic water to top

Place the sugar cube at the bottom of a rocks glass and soak with the Angostura and orange curacao. Crush the sugar cube with a muddler, then fill the glass with ice. Top with the bourbon and vermouth and stir well. Top with tonic water, and then garnish with a maraschino cherry.


— Mark

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