The Godfather; a hard- boiled mixed cocktail

Your potential new client has sent an anonymous letter down to your office. You unfold it from your breast coat pocket, and trace your eyes over the message again.

“I need your help, but I can’t be seen near a private detective’s office. Too dangerous if I was spotted. Meet me downtown at Harry’s. 9 o’clock. I’ll be wearing a red cocktail dress.”

So you wait, hunched over the bar, and wave Harry (the bartender) over for a little bit of liquid courage. If this turns into something serious, you won’t want to go in half-cocked with hesitation.

“What’ll it be, Rick?” Harry asks you, drying out a highball class indifferently.

“The usual, Harry,” you reply without thinking.

1. Real Estate 2. Youth Lagoon 3. Yuck 4. Slow Club 5. Icarus Himself 6. Active Child 7. The Rapture 8. Zola Jesus 9. The Beets 10. La Dispute

“Can’t beat the usual, Rick. Can’t beat The Godfather.”

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“No Harry, you can’t.”

Alright, so even if you aren’t a hardboiled private eye, there’s still a lot of good to be said about The Godfather. Comprised of equal parts Amaretto and Scotch whiskey, and poured

evenly over ice (traditionally in a lowball or old-fashioned glass), the drink is a pleasant blend from start to finish.

It’s hard, harder than most cocktails, and yet doesn’t kick you in the mouth like a shot, or mixed drinks with low ratios of mixing agent to alcohol. This is due to the Amaretto, the only device utilized to mask the natural bite of the Scotch.
Amaretto, an Italian liqueur, is usually flavored by utilizing almond or apricot pits. It effectively offsets the powerful nature of the drink, while not diluting the actual alcohol content as much as a cocktail with a non-alcoholic mixing agent such as a screwdriver or vodka tonic. Thus The Godfather is a hard- edged, cost-effective path to drunkenness, while not leaving the same staggering feeling that comes from ordering straight shots.