The House of Special Purpose, by John Boyne/Rittenhouse Rye Cocktails

Season 2 begins, amid the anarchy and chaos!  But the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch Tower stands tall.  And for the inaugural episode of a season, they have a special guest, the most special of all special guests that could guest specially!  Who could it be?

The crew gets around to discussing The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne while enjoying a couple tasty Rittenhouse Rye cocktails made by your host, Ethan Bartlett.  Look below for the recipes!  In this episode:

  • There's no such thing as better judgment in this podcast.
  • The show where Michael & Ethan back themselves into a corner and desperately try to talk themselves out of it.
  • Karen, listen to this episode.
  • Sarah doesn't think we're hilarious.
  • Just calm down.
  • Ethan ruins the animated movie Anastasia.
  • Sarah renders us speechless and ends the podcast forever.
  • Michael & Ethan duel.
  • Don't think about it too hard, that's our job.

The Cocktails:


  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • 4 oz rye

Add syrup and bitters; stir; add rye; add ice.


  • 2 oz rye
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash bitters

Mix in a bar glass; stir; strain into a rocks glass; add ice.

The Mankato:

  • 2 oz rye
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1/4 oz campari

Mix in a bar glass; stir; strain into a rocks glass; add ice.

Next month they read and discuss A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe.  Join the discussion!  Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line.  We'd love to hear from you!

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Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and

Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett)

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