Swung by Sanctuaria for my Wednesday Cocktail Club cocktail. I had two, my limit, bought a bottle of their single barrel Elijah Craig 12 year, and talked a little Don Q Cocktail Competition.
Single Barrel Elijah Craig? Yes, Sanctuaria has their very own barrel they chose and had bottles for their own use in whiskey drinks as well as to sell to their more discerning customers. At $23 a bottle it’s pretty reasonable for a single barrel whiskey.
On the Don Q front, Sunday from 2-5 pm at Blood & Sand the St. Louis chapter of the United Stated Bartenders Guild in association with Don Q Rum, are having a Don Q Rum cocktail competition. From what I hear, there will be a lot of Añejo Grand being poured. For a measly $25, visitors can taste batches of the competitor’s libations, which is pretty cool. I believe snacks will be provided as well, not sure if they’ll be sophisticated Chris Bork fair, or something a bit less fancy. A portion of the $25 goes towards an animal charity like stray and rescue, I believe. All are welcome to attend, no need to be a USBG or Blood & Sand member. It should be a nice opportunity to check out Blood & Sand’s great space and sip some drinks from your favorite men and ladies behind the sticks of Taste,Blood & Sand, Sanctuaria, Eclipse, Franco. This douche will be there.
So, the drinks, I started with the 501 as I was feeling tequila after sipping a dram of my own barrel aged Añejo at the house. I normally wouldn’t have imbibed pre-Sanctuaria, but I’d met a friend earlier at 33 Wine and he’d given me a pouch of dried cactus to try with my next tequila, which meant my next tequila would be as soon as I got home to let the dogs out.
1.50 ounces blanco tequila
0.75 ounces Canton Ginger Liqueur
0.50 ounces Lemon juice
0.25 ounces Aperol
Shake this drink, and garnish with an orange swath. It is quite nice, and as with many Aperol drinks, would do quite well as a morning bracer.
My second drink was a Ward 47,
2.0 ounces rye
.75 ounces orange juice
.75 ounces lemon juice
1.0 tsp grenadine
Shake this and garnish with a lemon peal. The Ward 8 was featured in Esquire’s drink section and Wonderich does a nice job explaining some of the issues with this particular cocktail.
Tim was behind the stick at Sanctuaria last night, now that the usual Wednesday barman has gone on to a position as bar manager at Franco. Best of luck to her. While talking shop with Tim, I happened to check my Facebook account and found a status update by Tales of the Cocktail with an article he was featured in. How fortuitous. Check the article out here. It’s always nice to get local pub.