Courtesy Gary Crunkleton, owner/bartender, The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC
Gary Crunkleton has filled his Chapel Hill, North Carolina, bar, The Crunkleton, with Arts and Crafts decor. Some pieces, like a tall grandfather clock, are antiques, while others, like the Mission-style chairs and bronze light fixtures, are faithful reproductions.
Backed by one of the strongest whiskey lists in the South, this is the ideal place to sip the Roycroft, a bracing rye cocktail named after an influential artisan community of the early 1900s.
“This drink pays tribute to Roycroft [members],” says Crunkleton. “Their belief of working with your head, hands and heart to create happiness was our inspiration.”
This drink is austere and spirit-forward. Its deep amber glow evokes the hue of well-worn wood furniture.
- 1 ounce Rittenhouse Bonded Rye Whiskey
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce Green Chartreuse
- ½ ounce Benedictine
- ½ ounce ounce Cherry Heering
- 1 thin slice peeled fresh ginger, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients, except garnish. Shake well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with ginger.