The Memory Remains

Seth Freidus, Alden & Harlow | Boston

From Alden & Harlow’s Seth Freidus, this cocktail was inspired by a late ’90s Metallica song of the same name. “This song has a strong start and an extremely aggressive end, as does the cocktail.”

“This is a band that had energy that I correlate with bar energy,” Freidus says. With it’s blend of strong flavors in rye, Suze, spicy sweet vermouth and smoked cocoa and coffee bean-infused Curaçao, this drink is a similar compilation.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth (see Editor's Note)
  • 1 ounce Suze gentian liqueur
  • 1 bar spoon smoked cocoa and coffee bean-infused Curaçao (see Editor's Note)

Garnish: rough orange peel

  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass and stir.
  2. Strain over handcut ice into a chilled lowball and garnish.
Editor's Note

Smoked Cocoa and Coffee Bean-Infused Curaçao:
1 bottle Curaçao
1 cup smoked cocoa nibs
1 cup coffee beans

Combine Curaçao, nibs and beans and let infuse for two days. Strain and store.

Sweet Vermouth:
Freidus uses a housemade vermouth that combines trebbiano and nero d'avola fortified with brandy and caramel, with around 20 different herbs, roots, barks and spices macerated into it. For the home bartender, though, he recommends Carpano Antica.