The Bone


This recipe originally accompanied a story on Four Spooky Cocktails for Halloween.

The Bone

The Bone

Adapted from David Wondrich, cocktail historian and writer extraordinaire. According to Esquire, for which Wondrich is a cocktail correspondent, the drink was originally created for The Chickenbone Cafe in Williamsburg, but revived for a Halloween article, mostly because of its name. Makes 2 drinks.


  • 4 ounces rye
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Wondrich says to strain into a tall shot glass, but we prefer a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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