In 1938, Dr. Albert Hoffman synthesized a bunch of compounds based on the fungus “ergot.” His hope: to stimulate the human circulatory system. The 25th compound - LSD-25 - didn’t seem to have much effect on lab animals, so he chucked it. But 5 years later, gripped by what he called a “peculiar presentiment,” Hofmann decided to make another batch. On April 19th, 1943, he ingested .25 ml of the stuff… and we commemorate the ensuing bike trip with this drink laced with entirely legal acid and fungi.
RECIPE, as invented for the DPD by Daniel Hyatt, bar manager at Alembic in San Francisco:
Into champage flute, place:
- 4 drops white balsamic vinegar
- 1 drop truffle oil
Then slowly pour in the following — over the back of a spoon — to create separate layers:
- 3/4 oz. crème de Cassis
- 1/2 oz. Campari
- 1/2 oz. Absinthe
Finally, slowly pour in:
- 3 oz. chilled sparkling wine (Gruet demi-sec, or slightly off-dry Prosecco)
Trip out on the colors as the liquors mix. Toss in a twist of lemon peel. Sip. Wait at least an hour before attempting to operate a bicycle.