Midnight, the Stars and You

Alex Anderson, Cure | New Orleans

Though Cure is often considered a whiskey bar, whiskey makes up only about 10 percent of the backbar. Still, it’s put to good use in drinks like Alex Anderson’s Midnight, the Stars and You. A Boulevardier variation, the drink is named after the closing song from The Shining and features protagonist Jack Torrance’s favorite whiskey: Jack Daniels (albeit a limited release from their Master Distiller series). “I wanted to do a dark, stirred cocktail that could transition either to spring or fall,” explains Anderson, who adds floral complexity with chamomile liqueur, balanced by the bitter notes of Varnelli Sibilla, “a really intense amaro.”


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey, preferably Jack Daniels Master Distiller
  • 1/2 ounce Amaro Meletti
  • 1/4 ounce Marolo Milla Grappa and Chamomile Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Amaro Sibilla
  • 7 drops salt tincture (see Editor’s Note)
  • 14 drops Burlesque Bitters

Garnish: lemon twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a double rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  2. Stir to integrate.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Editor's Note

Salt Tincture:
Combine 200 grams of boiling water with 50 grams of salt, then allow to cool.

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