I have spent many a late night at Dear Irving, and was always happy to see Tom Richter behind the bar as I entered. He is all class and such a gentlemanly presence. He is also the man behind Tomr ‘s Tonic, an artisanal quinine syrup meant to replace the cheap tonic you get at the supermarket. He concocted a special recipe which comes in a small bottle as a concentrated brownish syrup, which then gets mixed with club soda. It is the real deal.
Try his cocktail, the Haitian Divorce, a riff on an old fashioned with Tom’s expert palate and twist. You won’t find him at Dear Irving any longer (sniff) but you can rely on his expertise as the Spirits and Sake portfolio manager with David Bowler Wine And Spirits.
1.5 oz Barbancourt 8 year Haitian Rum
.75 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
.5 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Build in a double old fashioned glass and stir with a big rock. Garnish with lime twist and orange twist.