Blind Lemon Jefferson

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.

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  • Servings: Makes 1 Drink


  • 1 lemon wedge, plus 1 lemon twist for garnish
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey, preferably Sazerac
  • 4 dashes of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel–Aged bitters or Angostura bitters
  • Scant 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup

How to make this recipe

  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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