• Cocktail of the Week: The Seelbach

13 Aug

This is the latest entry in an every-Saturday feature. To compile it, I’ll be combing through all sorts of sources — my own archives, old bar books, readers’ suggestions, distillers’ ideas — even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients’ products mentioned. If you have a favorite recipe to share, don’t hesitate to send it along.

The Seelbach Cocktail comes from the gorgeous and historic Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, KY, one of the South’s “golden age” luxury hotels.

The facility opened in 1905 and since then has hosted nine American presidents and innumerable dignitaries and celebrities. The stunning ambiance of the place, awash with oak and marble and gilded surfaces, inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to use the hotel as the backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding in “The Great Gatsby.”

The cocktail has become a “must have” when one visits Louisville. I honor the tradition every time I’m in the charming city.

The ingredients:

4 ounces quality champagne
1½ ounces bourbon
½ ounce triple sec
7 dashes Peychaud bitters
7 dashes Angostura bitters

Add bourbon, bitters, and triple sec first. Fill rest of glass with champagne. Garnish with orange twist, serve in a champagne flute.

[Go here for the “Cocktail of the Week” archive.]

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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Cocktails


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