Recipe: Nevadan (serves one)

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. yellow Chartreuse
  • 2 dashes (= 1/4 tsp) orange bitters
  • lemon peel and star anise for garnish

Stir bourbon and Chartreuse in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Strain into cocktail glass. Rub lemon peel around rim and drop into glass along with star anise.

We had this yummy cocktail at the Velveteen Rabbit on our last trip to Vegas. The friendly bartender gave us the recipe and said he was inspired by the gin version of this drink, the Alaska. He also gave us a mixology tip: to get the right dilution and temperature, sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while stirring.

The Nevadan is similar to the Manhattan-like Greenpoint, except without the sweet vermouth, and with some extra notes from the star anise garnish. We hadn’t seen star anise in a cocktail before, and really liked this fragrant and eye-catching touch.


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