Home Team

Home Team cocktail. Photo courtesy of Chris Enns.

Chris Enns prepared this cocktail for the World Class Canada 2018 national finals. “This drink came from the Wanderlust challenge where we came up with a cocktail inspired by both home and an away location,” he recalls. A twist on the Sazerac cocktail, the Home Team is inspired by the feeling of “home” he found at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, as well the home-team support among the World Class bartenders. Here it is served in a Scottish quaich cup; however, a chilled Old Fashioned or Sazerac-style glass would be fine.

• 1 sprig rosemary
• 1 oz Hennessey VSOP Cognac
• 1 oz Lagavulin 16 Year Old single malt
• 2 tsp sage syrup (see note)
• 2 dashes Peychauds bitters
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• 2 dashes orange bitters

Brush the inside of a chilled short glass with the rosemary. Place all the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice; stir to your desired dilution and strain into the glass. Serves 1.

Note: To make the sage syrup, bring 1 cup water to a boil and add a few sage leaves; steep for about 15 minutes then strain. Add 1 cup sugar and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and chill. Will keep, covered and chilled, for about a week. Makes about 1 cup.

—by Christopher Enns

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