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Cocktail  Club

Giddy Up!  El Gaucho Bellevue Serves Up This Month’s Cocktail Club. 

Always Bet the Long Odds

(In honor of Rich Strike’s wine at The Kentucky Derby and featuring Kentucky whiskey)

1.5 oz Basil Hayden Bourbon

.75 oz  Amontillado Sherry 

.5 oz fresh lemon juice, strained

.5 oz Demerara Oleo Saccharum (see recipe)

1 dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Rolled Orange Peel on skewer for Garnish

Combine all ingredients in shaker tin with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.  Double strain into chilled coupe glass.  With a peeler, cut an approximately 2" long twist of orange peel and express the oils from the skin over the top of the drink.  Roll orange peel and skewer with a bamboo pick and place on rim of glass.  Enjoy!

Demerara Oleo Saccharum

2 cups Demerara Sugar

Peels of 3 oranges and 2 lemons, washed

1 cup filtered water

-Peel oranges and lemons, being careful not to remove too much of the white pith.  Place peels in a medium saucepan.  Add sugar and muddle heavily to release the oils in the peels.  Stir well and let sit for 1 hour.  

-Add water and place over medium heat.  Stir frequently until sugar is completely dissolved- you do not need to let it boil.  

-As soon as sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.  Strain to remove peels.  Store refrigerated in an airtight container.