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Erratic March temperatures are the telltale sign that spring is here. Before the cold retreats once and for all, make sure to stop into Williams & Graham and order the cozy, show-stopping Blue Blazer.
The cocktail sounds simple enough—Glenlivet Nadurra Scotch, raw sugar, and lemon zest—served hot. But this ain’t your grandmother’s hot toddy.
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Scotch and an equal measure of water are placed in a pewter mug and lit on fire. The bartender passes the burning liquid back-and-forth between two mugs in an arc of brilliant blue flame. Once the concoction is hot, the flames are extinguished and the cocktail is poured into a delicate pink-and-gilt teacup and mixed with muddled sugar and lemon peel. The juxtaposition of blazing flames and dainty teacup match the cocktail’s fiery Scotch and hint of sweetness.
Williams & Graham owner Sean Kenyon says that the drink is a traditional mid-1800s cocktail invented by the godfather of bartending, Jerry Thomas. “The drink is a tribute to this history and the foundations of our craft,” he says, “and when done right it’s a pretty cool show.”
Tip: If you’re not in the mood for a hot drink, try the Blackberry Sage Smash (Williams & Graham Select Single Barrel Knob Creek bourbon, fresh blackberries, sage, lemon, and sugar) or the Paloma (Espolón Blanco, lime juice, grapefruit soda, and a pinch of salt).
3160 Tejon St., 303-997-8886
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