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Our good friend Aaron Strasser – bartender-in-chief at A Tavola, part-time model, and all-around great guy, recently came by the shop to help us kick off the start of the holiday season, and he brought with him a cocktail that can only be described as legendary.

Inspired by Article and crafted from smoked bourbon, rosemary-infused simple syrup, and peschaud bitters, the “Genuine Article” is like taking a sip directly from the cup of manhood.  Imagine a mid-Fall hike to a grove of wild Rosemary surrounded by rich oak wood – that’s what this drink tastes like.

Here’s how you make it . . .

2 oz smoked Bulleit Bourbon

1 oz rosemary-infused maple syrup

few dashes of Peychaud bitters

sprig of fresh rosemary

You’ll need a proper smoker to smoke the bourbon.  Aaron used the house smoker at A Tavola and placed the bourbon inside for an hour.  For the rosemary infusion, place a sprig of fresh rosemary into the maple syrup for at least a week.  Use some filtered water to cut down the syrup so it’s pourable.  You want to to be hearty – but not thick.

Mix the bourbon and syrup.  Pour into a rocks glass loaded with an ice chunk or a few ice cubes.  Add a few dashes of bitters.  Lightly stir.  Add a sprig of fresh rosemary.  Enjoy the taste of manhood.

Better yet, go see Aaron at A Tavola and ask for the Genuine Article.