Adult Cocktail: Diamondback


As of September 22nd it’s officially Fall and like most guys, you’re well on your way to embracing the questionable persona of The Basic Bro: October Edition. The cinnamon candles are nestling ever so tenderly in the centerpiece of gourds you and your girlfriend made last Saturday. You might have even loaded up on some hard cider and sipped it as a nightcap because you were feeling a little sweet and a little saucy. You naughty little holiday minx.

Why the Diamondback?
You are are a shameless pussy and the least you can do to redeem yourself is drink like someone that’s not a 23 year old virgin. This high power, high potency cocktail has no right to taste as good as it does. The hints of spice and herbal notes should satisfy your basic fall drinking needs and unlike your cider, it’s actually a real man’s drink.

The automatic association naturally directs the unknowing towards a Diamondback Rattle Snake. Although incorrect, the use of high proof alcohol, the historically incorrect association seems to be a fitting title. Here is the real story you can use to blow her skirt up. The first published record of this recipe is from 1954 in Ted Saucier’s book, Bottoms Up. The drink is named after the Diamondback Lounge in Maryland’s Lord Baltimore Hotel. Boom, knowledge.


  • 1 ½ oz. Rye Whiskey
  • ¾ oz. Apple Jack
  • ¾ oz. Yellow Chartreuse

Stir, strain and slowly drink.

The danger of this cocktail is in the taste. You’re combining three 100+ proof alcohols and it tastes like candy. The warm spice from the rye, the herbal notes from the chartreuse and the sweetness from the apple jack create layered and intricate flavors that will get you shmacked real fast.

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