A whiskey adventure for you and me.
A weekly feature by the mixologist Michael Cecconi, pairing cocktails with characters from literature.
Theodore Faron, “Children of Men,” by P. D. James
Old Foresters Birthday Bourbon, 2008, barrelled in 1995
It took Theodore a long time to come to grips with what many around him had already accepted: no more children were coming into the world. It took him no time at all to choose to toast the health of the youngest person on earth with a generous pull of whiskey. This vintage spirit, distilled in 1995, the year of the last birth, has the power to take Theodore back in time—and to obscure for a moment the news of the present day, the year 2021: the youngest person on earth has just died, and the toast is for naught.
Here’s hoping that Theodore finds a reason to toast the promise of the future, with this rich, velvety bourbon, and not the broken promises of the past.