Final Phrasing

Fellow cocktail enthusiasts are likely aware of Mixology Monday – an online cocktail community that Paul Clarke created in April of 2006. Despite having hosted a Q & A session with him in 2016, I wasn’t much a participant in MxMo. And regretfully, not only is Mixology Monday coming to a conclusion with this final installation entitled “Irish Wake“, but I have only been a lurker and never offered a contribution. So with this final installation, I’ve decided to put together a cocktail. The guidelines for this final installment of Mixology Monday required the imbiber to find or create a cocktail recipe that features Irish whiskey or to share a drinking story about Irish whiskey or the grieving process. I chose to do a hybrid.

I unexpectedly lost a friend in February of 2016. I rarely mention people or establishments on The Humble Garnish, but he was significant enough to be the only person to get mentioned in a post to this date. For a period, he was a sponsored race car driver for BMW, and was into cars to say the least. When I introduced to him to the Ferrari shot (equal parts FERnet and CampARI), he commented that it “tasted like Italian leather”. In addition to being a car fanatic, he could quote lines from any episode of Archer. Of the go-to phrases from the show, his most frequently used was “phrasing”. If you haven’t seen the show, I’m not even going to attempt to explain the context of Sterling Archer’s numerous catchphrases. As a tribute to my friend, I made this cocktail and was sure to include both Fernet, Campari, and an Archer reference. This cocktail isn’t perfect, and neither was my friend – we all have room for improvement, and that’s what makes us not only human, but also enjoyable.


Final Phrasing
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • ½ ounce Campari
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • Fernet-Branca rinse
  1. Rinse cocktail glass with a small amount of Fernet-Branca and set aside.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Double strain into cocktail glass.

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