The Interpreter cocktail

Nelson Mandela’s memorial service may have been the week’s biggest event, but the news that came from it was less than somber. First, a photo of President Obama posing for a selfie with UK and Denmark officials went viral. Then, we learned that, yep, the sign language interpreter was totally just nonsensically flailing his hands around — a much more egregious offense than a funeral selfie, as far as I’m concerned.

So, in the spirit of making shit up, I decided to create an interpretation of a product I’ve actually never tried: Amarula. It’s a South African cream liqueur that doesn’t seem to be available in my neck of the woods. I might be way off on the flavor profile, but my made-up cocktail is still a delicious, creamy, boozy drink that’s just a little sweet and quite strong. Put back a few of these, and maybe you’ll think you can sign, too.

The Interpreter

2 ounces whiskey
1 ounce frangelico
2 ounces heavy cream
1 teaspoon sweet vermouth
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of orange bitters

Glassware: Rocks glass

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill it ¾ of the way with ice. Shake well, pour it into a chilled glass, and enjoy. (Or, just put whatever the hell you want in it and act like you know what you’re doing.)