The Pendergast

Ryan Maybee, The Rieger | Kansas City, MO

The following drink, named for Tom Pendergast, a Kansas City political boss in the 1920s and 1930s, works equally well in a flask or poured over ice in a camping mug or rocks glass, if you have access to such luxuries at your campsite. This is also one of the rare cocktails that works well at room temperature, though it will feel richer and slightly more viscous compared to the same drink stirred with ice. This drink appears in Road Soda, by Kara Newman.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: 1 strip lemon peel (optional)

  1. Funnel all of the ingredients into a flask.
  2. Cap tightly and chill.
  3. When ready to serve, pour over ice if desired and garnish with lemon peel.

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