The Overlook

Austin Mendez, Messhall Kitchen | Los Angeles

A resinous riff on the Gin Sour, The Overlook’s dominant herbal note comes courtesy of Douglas Fir Eau de Vie from Portland’s Clear Creek Distillery. The name conjures a horizon filled with conifers while the mild heat of cinnamon mingles pleasantly with juniper to further enhance the feeling of standing at the tree line in high altitudes.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau de Vie
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon simple syrup (see Editor's Note)

Garnish: grated cinnamon

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with grated cinnamon.
Editor's Note

To make cinnamon simple syrup, toast two cinnamon sticks for five minutes in an un-oiled pot over medium heat. Add one cup 1:1 simple syrup and simmer for approximately ten minutes. Strain, cool and bottle. Refrigerate until ready to use.