Bittersweet orange, clove, caramel, dark chocolate
Kentucky bourbon, picon, sugar, Bogart bitters
Our best-selling “secret” since we opened, the Liberal Cocktail first appeared in George Kappeler’s Modern American Drinks in 1895. While the original drink relied on rye whiskey, we prefer the vanilla and toffee flavors found in bourbon, so we use a high-rye, bottled-in-bond bourbon from Covington (New Riff) as the base spirit. And what about the name? We suspect it has something to do with the “liberal” use of its bitters—a full ounce of our house-prepared picon bitters. A truly memorable, must-try cocktail.