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Blind Lemon Jefferson

  • SERVINGS: Makes 1 Drink

One night, while John Coltharp was devising this drink at Seven Grand, a song by Southern blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson came on the jukebox. Like the blues, the cocktail combines sadness and joy in the form of sour and sweet.

cocktails Glassware Guide

  1. 1 lemon wedge, plus 1 lemon twist for garnish
  2. Ice
  3. 2 ounces rye whiskey, preferably Sazerac
  4. 4 dashes of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel–Aged bitters or Angostura bitters
  5. Scant 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  6. 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  1. In a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle the lemon wedge. Add ice and the rye, bitters, lemon juice and Simple Syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe, pinch the twist over the drink and drop it in.


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