It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere: Fair Fight

September 20, 2013

For this Friday’s libation, we turned to one of the most creative cocktail experts we know, Colin Shearn, the general manager of the about-to-open El Camino in Louisville, Kentucky, for a recipe that says hello to fall without having to say goodbye to summer quite yet. He suggested a cocktail he invented during his bartending days at Philadelphia’s Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company (just a hop-skip-jump from the Home Office), the Fair Fight. Å“I think this is a perfect September drink. The Laird’s Applejack screams autumn. The Pimm’s has those nice warm flavors. And the St.-Germain is the lingering summer sunshine. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just sit back and drink it instead.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED1 oz Laird’s Bonded Applejack
1 oz Pimm’s #1
.75 oz fresh lemon juice (save the peel for a twist)
.5 oz St-Germain liqueur
.25 oz demerara syrup*
2 dashes Peychuad’s Bitters

*to make demerera syrup, just follow a simple syrup recipe, but replace white sugar with the demerara variety.


Combine all ingredients, except for the lemon twist, in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, express the lemon twist on top and discard.

Yields one Fair Fight.

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