Adam & Eve Cocktail

Adam and Eve

1 oz. gin (Bombay Dry)
1 oz. cognac (Hennessey)
1 oz. Forbidden Fruit (Rituals DIY)
A few drops lemon juice

Combine with ice; shake. Strain over ice. 

It’s called this because of the FORBIDDEN FRUIT in the recipe, and though it seems like some kind of modified Negroni, we immediately question if our DIY FORBIDDEN FRUIT should have more bitterness in it. Our version smells rank, in my opinion, but it has improved since the last time—it’s sweet and complex but maybe should more bitter. Bitterer? And who can say for sure if it’s going to work with these other ingredients? Still, we have to give it a go.

Eric: “Who is responsible for this?”
Brian: “I don’t like the smell of it. I think it’s the cognac that’s off.”
Amanda: “It reminds me of a swimming pool.”
Brian: “It does have an odd smell of pool.”
Amanda: “Something chlorinated.”
Eric: “Why can’t we have good-tasting things?”
Amanda: “We should call this The Pool Boy.”

SCORES: Brian gives the Adam and Eve a 4. Eric, a 3. Amanda abstained.

Eric D. Anderson


Eric D. Anderson came to appreciate cocktails late in life and is trying to make up for lost time. He finds that crafting drinks involves the same precision, creativity, sociability, and ritual as baking—another passion—and believes that it brings people together in the same way. Eric is the director of Way of the Puck, a feature-length documentary about professional air hockey, and the editor of Stories of Quitting (, an online collection of true stories that celebrate giving up. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Painted Bride Quarterly, Perigee, Giant Robot, and Wild Quarterly, among other publications. In his free time he works as a camera operator on commercials and motion pictures.

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