the Tripartite Soul


a dialectical cocktail

Pour ingredients into glass in the order listed. Pour slowly over the back of a spoon so as to float the amaretto on the kahlua and the brandy cream on the amaretto. Narrow glasses work best for this.

The name of the drink follows Plato's analysis of the soul in his Republic. The bottom layer corresponds to spirit with its virtue of courage. The middle layer corresponds to intellect with its virtue wisdom. The top layer corresponds to appetite and the virtue of temperence. Balance between parts of the soul comprises the virtue of justice, and thus only a carefully poured Tripartite Soul is truly just.