Mystery Drink Challenge

In Eat, September 2016 by Caitlin HarrisonLeave a Comment

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We put Alex Flynn to the test with our mystery cocktail challenge. He decided to go sweet instead of spicy: “Tabasco is one of my favorite things in the food world but the first thing to lose. I don’t like spicy drinks.”

Though he liked the idea of lemongrass in a cocktail, it didn’t pair well with the other ingredients. Instead, he ultimately chose vinegar, vanilla and honey. “If you heat the honey and vanilla too much it will lose its flavor; you have to be very careful,” Flynn warns.

IMG_5684Bartender:  Alex Flynn @ The Haymaker

Born: Raleigh, NC

Bartending Stops: Boston, Montreal, NYC and D.C.

Favorite Cocktail:  Gin Martini with lemon twist, no olives

Autumn Enthusiast


*Vanilla Bean

Cinnamon Stick


• Heat equal parts honey and water; scrape out the inside of the vanilla bean and add it to the small pot along with a cinnamon stick.  Stir for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Reserve liquid.

• In a shaker, pour 1-¼ oz. of Guatemalan Ron Zacapa Rum, ¾ oz. of Apple Brandy, add ¾ ounce of heated honey syrup, ¼ oz. lemon juice, ¼ oz. apple cider vinegar and three dashes of Angostura bitters. Shake well and pour over crushed ice.

• Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

* Denotes mystery ingredients used.

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