Maduro's Nod to Hemingway

The Butterfly Weed cocktail was a drink of choice for the creative types of the 1920s

Photo by Nicole Peaslee

Ernest Hemingway was famously fond of cocktails, and his contributions to the canon are great—he gave us the Papa Doble, Death in the Afternoon and Death in the Gulf Stream, and helped immortalize the martini, Jack Rose, gimlet, Negroni and gin and tonic.

Mariah Mendez, a bartender at Maduro, has taken note. It was in a Hemingway cocktail compendium that she discovered the Bailey, which Hemingway, Picasso, the Fitzgeralds and Dorothy Parker drank on the French Riviera. The drink is made by adding mint leaves to the shaker, something that piqued Mendez’s interest.

“I hadn’t seen that before,” she says. “I loved the idea of lending the cocktail a slight mint flavor, nothing overpowering.”

She used the technique in her tasty summer drink, the Butterfly Weed, where bourbon provides backbone, and yellow Chartreuse and lemon add herbal tang. No doubt Hemingway would have liked it; as he once wrote to a critic, “I have drunk since I was fifteen, and few things have given me more pleasure.”

RECIPE: Butterfly Weed

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 oz Eagle Rare bourbon
1 oz yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 mint leaves
Garnish: lemon wedge and mint sprig

DIRECTIONS

Shake bourbon, Chartreuse, lemon juice and mint leaves in shaker with ice. Strain over crushed ice. Garnish with lemon wedge and mint sprig.

Recipe courtesy of Maduro, 117 E. Main St., 294-9371, madurocigarbar.com.

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