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Drink and a Movie: Death & Co.’s Jillian Vose Mixes the ‘Dai Dai My Darling’

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Drink and a Movie: Death & Co.’s Jillian Vose Mixes the ‘Dai Dai My Darling’

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If you’re a “wet” (anti-prohibitionist term meaning ‘drinker’), living in NYC and looking for a unique cocktail experience, then you won’t find it…unless you know what to look for. Walk down 6th Street between 1st and A, until you see a cluster of hip folks huddled near a wood paneled building exterior, begging a doorman dressed in black to reduce their three hour wait. Congratulations, you’ve found Death & Co. The bar takes its name from opposers of The Volstead Act, who were considered to be one with death and company. Jillian Vose is the head bartender at this sultry and spooky East Village hideaway. It’s almost magical how swiftly Vose moves behind the bar, wielding her wand-like cocktail stirrer. Here, Vose serves up the “Dai Dai My Darling,” based off the 1965 Brit horror flick Fanatic.

Fanatic is an old time British thriller where this psycho almost mother-in-law tries to kill her dead sons fiancé. It stars Tallulah Bankhead and a young Donald Sutherland. The US title is Die! Die! My Darling! And in Japanese dai dai means bitter-orange and ghost. It’s essentially a stirred Hemingway Daiquiri and it’s clear and ghost-like. I definitely believe in ghosts and have seen one once at this old brewery I used to work at in Arizona. It creeps me out but I believe in them.” 

“Dai Dai My Darling”

1/2 teaspoon acid phosphate
1/2 teaspoon Massenez Kirschwasser
1/2 oz. dolin blanc vermouth
1/2 oz Combier pamplemousse rose liqueur
1/2 oz Banks Rum
3/4 oz El Dorado 3 year rum
3/4 Flor de Cana 4 year rum

Add ice, crack a cube and stir