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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.

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  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.