Cigar Divan on Rupert Street

This adult beverage is no run-of-the-mill Jack and cola!

Cigar Divan on Rupert Street

Excerpted from Whiskey Cocktails by Warren Bobrow. ©2014 Fair Winds Press

Back in the day, New York City’s far Upper West Side was elegance itself. This cocktail takes its name from an imaginary shop that could have made its home there, since the cigar divan itself was a symbol of moneyed leisure. Drinkers would have whiled the afternoons away in such an establishment on a low chair (or divan), cigar and cocktail in hand and the world at their feet. (Daytime drinking would be the specialty du jour back then. Today, of course, it’s best enjoyed on special occasions only!) Anyway, you can rest assured that this cocktail is no run-of-the-mill Jack and cola. It combines Tennessee whiskey’s inimitable smokiness with a dash of fresh citrus juice, handcrafted bitters and cane-sugar cola for a tipple that’s for grown-ups only. (Try not to resort to big-name colas made with corn syrup—the quality of the ingredients makes all the difference. Trust me.) —Warren Bobrow

  • 2 ounces Tennessee sipping whiskey, such as Jack Daniel’s
  • 2 ounces Mexican cola (any good handcrafted cola made with pure cane sugar)
  • 1/4 ounce each of lime and lemon juices, strained to remove pulp
  • 3 drops Mexican mole bitters (or Angostura bitters)
  • Hand-cut ice cubes
  • Drip the bitters down the inside of the glass, so as to coat it lightly. Then add the hand-cut ice cubes (the rougher the cut, the better; this’ll keep the ice from diluting your drink). Add the whiskey, and then the cola of your choice, and, finally, pour in the juices. Stir the drink gently, and sip carefully. Cigar divans are optional.

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