Whiskey Wednesday: The Libertine

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Happy Whiskey Wednesday, Pioneers! Is it just us or does this Whiskey Wednesday feel like it couldn’t have come soon enough? These frigid January days must be getting to us already, which is exactly why we felt we needed to shake things up a bit and introduce a newer cocktail to start the new year off right – the Libertine. Oh, and when we say “newer” we mean this cocktail was invented (at least to our knowledge) sometime in the last 5 to 10 years in good ‘ol Sin City. A bartender named Mariena Mercer at the Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has been heralded as the founder of this deliciously herbal bourbon cocktail and we could not be happier she shared it with the world. But, there is a catch. This cocktail does not simply entail some sloppy measurements and quick mixing, it takes time. So make sure you can contain those after-work cravings for the 15 minutes it takes to make (but who says you can’t pour yourself a glass of Lost Republic during the preparation right?)

4 oz. Lost Republic bourbon

2 oz. simple syrup

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 oz. fresh lemon juice

2 tsp. orange marmalade

1 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. fresh orange juice

1 egg white

Now pay attention here, this is where things may get tricky. First you want to boil the simple syrup and one sprig of rosemary in a small saucepan, then let it cool. After it cools, discard the rosemary and transfer the syrup to a cocktail shaker with bourbon, lemon juice, and marmalade. Add ice, shake until chilled, and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Next, add the maple syrup, orange juice, and egg white to the shaker. Shake until it is frothy. Finally, spoon the froth over the top of the cocktail and garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig. Cheers Pioneers!