Van Helsing

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Courtesy of bar consultants Erich Weiss and Charlotte Voisey

This cocktail, named for Dracula’s nemesis, comes from The Olde Bar, Jose Garces’s new oyster bar/restaurant in Philadelphia, in the location that once housed Old Original Bookbinders, a local seafood institution. Fittingly, Erich Weiss, who was tapped to build the cocktail program with Charlotte Voisey, is the grandson of John M. Taxin, whose family owned the original Bookbinders beginning in the 1940s. This bold, herbaceous cocktail pairs wonderfully with raw seafood.

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce ginger syrup
  • ½ ounce Luxardo Amaro Abano
  • ¼ ounce white pepper syrup
  • ¼ ounce roasted garlic purée
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Double-strain into a rocks glass over one large cube. Squeeze the lemon peel over the drink to release its oils, and use as garnish.

Published on April 12, 2016