Mix it up
Cocktail recipes from the masters
Some of Reno’s most generous bartenders were thoughtful enough to share some of their favorite cocktail recipes with RN&R readers. Enjoy.
5 Star Saloon
132 West St., 329-2878
The first question the contributing bartender at 5 Star Saloon asked when responding to our request was if she could cuss. But of course. Now this one may be a little embarrassing to order, but here goes. …
Come Fuck Me
1/2 oz. amaretto
1/4 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Dash of grenadine
Shake on ice and serve as a shot.
302 E. Fourth St., 323-5426
Jesse Reeves over at Lincoln Lounge describes this as “a really balanced cocktail with some very unique flavors. It’s named after the monks that have been distilling Chartreuse since the 1740s.”
3/4 oz. Sazerac Rye (or any rye whiskey)
3/4 oz. Yellow Chartreus
3/4 oz. Benedictine
3/4 oz. lemon Juice
Mix all ingredients in a large glass full of ice. Stir for 20-30 seconds and strain intoa cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin lemon zest.
Casale’s Half Way Club
2501 E. Fourth St., 323-3979
Longtime local favorite Casale’s was at a loss when asked for a drink recipe. Instead, we were told, “Jägermeister is our specialty. You want Jäger, come here.” A recipe for success.
St. James Infirmary
445 California Ave., 657-8484
Owner Art Farley really wanted to give us a drink he crafted in honor of one of our contributing writers, but out of respect for our perceived-conflict-of-interest policies, we thought it’d be better to go with this one. But if you’re curious, next time you’re at St. James, ask for “The Dunagan.”
Fred and Ginger
1 1/4 oz. Stolichnaya Raspberry Vodka
2 oz. of homemade sweet and sour blended with fresh ginger, a dash of bitters, and strained
3-4 fresh raspberries
Place all the ingredients and a bucket glass of ice in an ice crusher/shaker; this will muddle the ingredients while crushing the ice. Strain back into the bucket glass and top with approximately 2 oz. of Lindeman’s Framboise (Belgian Raspberry Lambic). Garnish with a fresh raspberry resting on a mint leaf and a Framboise float.
1159. S. Virgina St. 322-8864
The Polo Lounge’s Gina Rohrer says this drink is similar to a drop shot—think Irish car bomb-style—but lighter.
In a shot glass, mix 3/4 ounce mandarin vodka with 1/4 ounce triple sec and a drop of grenadine. Separately, in a pint glass, add a quarter can of Red Bull and fill the pint until just under the halfway mark with orange juice. Drop in the shot glass and toss it back.
5162 Meadowood Mall Circle, 828-0775
775 Gastropub may be better known for its extensive craft beer selection, but it’s full bar is not too shabby, either. Here’s one of their favorites, nice and easy.
Pomegranate Lemon Drop Martini
1 1/2 oz. Stolichnaya Pomegranate Vodka
3/4 oz. rock candy syrup
Juice from half a lemon
Take a frozen martini glass, sugar the rim. Shake until chilled, then strain. Garnish with three pomegranate seeds.