3⁄4 oz Scotch
3⁄4 oz Rum, Smith & Cross
3⁄4 oz Aperol
1⁄2 oz Cynar
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with an orange twist.


I was inspired by a Sfumato/Zucca + Aperol drink called the Knife to a Gun Fight. I ended up dropping the rabarbaro element and latching on to its Aperol. With that, I made a hybrid of the Prospect Park, one of my favorite Manhattan riffs created in Boston, (Aperol + Maraschino) with the Negroni that Wasn't (Aperol + Cynar) that I had earlier in the week. Between the political debates being that night as well as the Smith & Cross in the mix, I dubbed this one the Elephant in the Room.

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FRY 2020
Posted by yarm on 3/05/2020
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Boston, MA
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  • A bit syrupy, would maybe lessen the sweeteners and boost the Scotch next time.
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