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Sepia's Death & Taxes

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

The base spirit of this cocktail, Sheep Dip blended Scotch whisky, gets its name from an old term Scottish farmers used to disguise casks of homemade hooch. To avoid taxes (and the disapproval of their wives) they labeled barrels of bootleg Scotch as Sheep Dip, an insecticide used to delouse sheep.

To balance out the cocktail's Scottish brogue, Sepia bartender Logan Lavachek used a one-two punch of Grecian flavor: equal parts Metaxa grape brandy and a housemade oregano Earl Grey syrup.

Creole Bitters are available online.

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