|Photo | Drew Lazor
We like drinks with teeth, so it's no surprise that we're infatuated with one that's actually got a dental-type name. Head to Oyster House
(1516 Sansom St.) for bartender Jordan Stalsworth
's Rhino Tooth
, a straightforward whiskey drinker's delight that recently made its way onto OH's official cocktail list. Stalsworth combines 1792 Ridgemont Reserve
bourbon, Bonal Gentiane Quina
(a gentian-flavored French quinquina, or quinine-based aperitif) and B&B
(aka the pre-fab blend of BÃ©nÃ©dictine
and cognac), topping it all off with a grapefruit twist and a single rock.
It's stiff, yes, but it's also a remarkably well-balanced whiskey cocktail, and we tend to notice different little flavor elements with each sip. "The Bonal picks up the spice and smoke [of the bourbon] in a unique way, and the splash of B&B supports the vanilla notes without masking them," says Stalsworth. "The grapefruit twist blends it all together and evens out the finish."
Oh, the name: There's an old restaurant-industry hazing tradition that involves asking green rookie employees to run to different restaurants to pick up or borrow wholly fake items (e.g. "a caviar peeler," a "left-handed cheese knife," or our personal fave, "the keys to the handtruck"). Stalsworth, messing with a new barback one night, told him that he needed to keep her stocked with "Rhino Teeth." He called Stalsworth's bluff, so she warned him that he'd end up feeling foolish when it eventually showed up on OH's menu â and BAM, it did. Now go get her a bucket of steam.
Drink this immediately!