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Drink DuJour: Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s classic story—served in a glass

At Analogue bar in New York City’s West Village, the classy cocktail den decor alone is enough to make you crave rich, brown spirits. Greens, browns and plenty of leather set the perfect scene for sipping selections from the bar’s over 150 whiskey offerings to a soundtrack provided by the vintage record player or the frequent live jazz performances.

When creating the recently updated cocktail menu, bartenders Zack Berger and E. Carter Wilsford looked to classic literature as inspiration for a few choice drinks, such as this scotch-based number named for The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. “On first taste, it has a great blended scotch and citrus quality, leading into gentle acidity in the middle and a robust rosemary and nutmeg finish,” says Berger. “Dorian Gray, the novel, has a well-deserved and shocking finish, the cocktail fits that same story line.”

1.5 oz. Black Bottle Scotch
0.75 oz. Pur Pear Liqueur
0.75 oz. Lemon juice
0.5 oz. Dry Vermouth
0.5 oz. Rosemary maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters 

Shake and serve in a coupe. Garnish with shaved nutmeg.