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And Now for Your Own Crafting Session
 
Spirit Magazine selected four of the finest handcrafted American spirits, then asked top bartenders to create a cocktail that perfectly complements each one.  Ready to shake things up?
And Now for Your Own Crafting Session...  

Spirit Magazine selected four of the finest handcrafted American spirits, then asked top bartenders to create a cocktail that perfectly complements each one.  Ready to shake things up?
 
Portuguese Cocktail
Phoebe Wilson
The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
Crested Butte, CO

"Montanyo's light rum is smooth and clean, which means I can apply sweet flavors to this cocktail without it becoming too syrupy."

4 ounces Montanyo Platino light rum
1 ounce ruby port
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce fig puree*

Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a slice of wig and a mint sprig

* Roast whole figs at 300 degrees until soft, about 45 minutes.  use a food processor to blend until you achieve a smooth paste.  Refrigerate.

Mornin' Sunshine
Brian Floyd
The Vanderbilt
Brooklyn, NY
"I wanted to play up some of Breuckelen gin's five botanicals--lemon, ginger, juniper, grapefruit, and rosemary.  The result is a drink that's great for brunch."

2 ounces Breuckelen Glorious gin
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
3/4 ounce ginger simple syrup*
1/4 ounce orange juice
1 barspoon Aperol

Combine all ingredients except Aperol in an ice-filled rocks glass.  Stir, then top with Aperol.

* Puree 1 cup peeled, chopped ginger with 1 cup warm simple syrup.  Strain through a mesh strainer and refrigerate.

Rockytop Flip
James Hensley
The Patterson House
Nashville, TN

"My colleague Ryan Fischer and I trued to put the flavors of the holiday table into a glass.  The cream and egg add richness, making it perfect for winter."

2 ounces Corsair Pumpkin Spice moonshine
1 ounce cream
1 ounce simple syrup
1 egg
1/4 ounce Licor 43
1/4 ounce St. Elizabeth allspice dram
9 drops Fee Brothers Old Fashion aromatic bitters
1 tiny pinch salt

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and shake again.  Strain into a rocks glass, then top with freshly grated nutmeg

Golden Stonefly
Kristi Gamble
Clover
Spokane, WA

"Dry Fly makes its vodka from Washington winter wheat, so I wanted to create a drink that utilizes other ingredients that are plentiful here, like honey and rhubarb."

1 1/2 ounces Dry Fly vodka
1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce honey water*
2 dashes Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters

Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

* Stir equal parts honey and water over low heat until combined, then refrigerate.