The Vetruvian Man

Recipe by Dakin Pollard | Commentary by Lindsay Matteson | Photography by Travis Gillet


This is a Boulevardier variation created by one of our bartenders, Dakin Pollard. The cocktail is simple and smart: three specific ingredients in equal parts, which when combined together create something unique and exciting. Amaro Sfumato is made by Cappelletti, who make a line of killer, unusual, amari. Sfumato is a Rabarbaro (made from rhubarb) with a smoky flavor to it. This compliments the smoke in the scotch. Salers Aperitivo is a gentian-based fortified wine. It adds a juicy element without adding sweetness, and ties the drink together. The grapefruit twist helps all these flavors “pop” out of the glass and compliments the rhubarb and gentian elements in the cocktail.” 

Read the whole story in the Summer 2022 issue of Bourbon+.

vitruvian man


  • 1 ounce Monkey Shoulder Scotch

  • 1 ounce Salers Aperitivo

  • 1 ounce Amaro Sfumato

  • Grapefruit twist, for garnish


Build in an old fashioned glass over ice. Stir. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

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Kevin Gibson is a free-lance writer who writes for numerous publications, including Bourbon+ magazine, Thrillist, and Alcohol Professor.