All the Special Cocktails You Can Drink to Celebrate Durham's 150th Anniversary
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All the Special Cocktails You Can Drink to Celebrate Durham's 150th Anniversary

Tuesday, May 14 2019

Obviously we all want to raise a glass to celebrate the 150th birthday of our great city. And a milestone this big warrants more than your average tipple. 

Thankfully, some of your favorite boozy local brands have come together to create limited-edition, custom cocktails inspired by and in honor of the Bull City. Eleven bars around town recently debuted the perfect sips for celebrating the city—all using Durham Distillery liquors to make sure they're full of local flavor. And our friends at Discover Durham gave us the full scoop of where the inspiration came from, what to expect, and even the super secret recipes. 

Head out to any of the bars below to order one of these drinks through November, or make them yourself at home to cheers with all your Durham friends! 

Want more ways to celebrate? Check out the special beer collabs coming in honor of the anniverssary, plus all the events happening for Durham 150

Relish a Cocktail at Alley Twenty Six at Alley Twenty Six
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"A Fresh Start" at Alley Twenty Six

This drink celebrates the aspirations of both modern gin makers and the city of Durham, pulling from global influences to make something world-class and truly unique.

Recipe
2 ounces Conniption American Dry Gin
1/3 ounce housemade yuzu cordial
1/3 ounce house dry vermouth blend

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice, stir and strain into a cold coupe glass.

Relish a Cocktail at Alley Twenty Six
$$   .  Alley Twenty Six   .  Durham
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Sip & Summon the Spirits at Arcana at Arcana
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"The Runaway Rabbit" at Arcana

This drink pays tribute to Runaway, a Durham apparel and lifestyle brand company that was inspired by those who pursue their passions in search of something greater than themselves. Though Runaway closed its doors in January, its combination of apparel, art exhibitions, concerts, documentary filmmaking and more pioneered a new wave of creative hustle in North Carolina and beyond.

Recipe
1.5 ounces Conniption American Dry Gin
0.5 ounce Ancho Reyes
0.5 ounce carrot juice
0.25 ounce housemade ginger syrup
0.25 ounce lemon juice

Combine all ingredients. Shake and serve up in a coupe glass.

Sip & Summon the Spirits at Arcana
$$   .  Arcana   .  Durham
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Taste Farm to Table Cuban Fare at COPA at COPA
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"Bull City Sling" at COPA

This modern spin on a classic cocktail, celebrates the history, color and creativity that make our city great. Highlighting spirits from two of our city’s contemporary distilleries, this cocktail adds a nod to history with a light wash of Brightleaf Tobacco Smoke for a drink that is bright, refreshing and a little funky—not unlike the place we call home!

Recipe
1.5 ounces Conniption Navy Strength Gin
1.5 ounces Luxardo cherry juice or cherry liqueur
0.5 ounce Brothers Vigalys Beebop Liqueur
1.5 ounces pineapple juice
0.5 ounce lime juice
0.25 ounce house grenadine
2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
Smoke from Parker Family Farms Brightleaf Tobacco

Light a small piece of Brightleaf Tobacco and place highball glass over the tobacco to capture smoke. Add all remaining ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake slowly for eight seconds to chill. Fill glass with ice and strain the cocktail over the ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Taste Farm to Table Cuban Fare at COPA
$   .  COPA   .  Durham
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Contemporary Art & Cuisine at Counting House at Counting House
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"Hit Grass (Win Salad)" at Counting House

With a name taken from the famous Bull sign at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, this drink is light & refreshing and evokes lazy summer days spent outside, roaming around downtown Durham.

Recipe
1.5 ounces Durham Distillery American Dry Gin
1 ounce cucumber juice
0.5 ounce yellow chartreuse
0.5 ounce Dolin dry vermouth
0.5 ounce Sauvignon Blanc
4-5 Mint Leaves
Pinch of fresh ground black pepper Cucumber-Chartreuse foam

Combine all ingredients (except foam). Shake and strain into rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice. Top with foam and garnish with mint leaf.

There are several ways to make foam, but the simplest is to shake up 0.5 ounce yellow chartreuse and 2 ounce cucumber juice with an egg white until the mixture is nice and frothy.

Contemporary Art & Cuisine at Counting House
$$   .  Counting House   .  Durham
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Get Diner Goods at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter
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"Honeysuckle Vesper" at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter

The Jack Tar Motel was the peak of design in the 1960s. This cocktail takes inspiration from that chapter of Durham’s history (and a little bit of James Bond). The Durham American Dry Gin has a crisp honeysuckle botanical brought out with a clean vodka pairing and the slight natural bitterness that Cap Corse Vermouth provides.

Recipe
1.5 ounces Conniption American Dry Gin
1.5 ounces Kettle One Vodka
1 ounce Cap Corse vermouth

Combine with ice and shake (do not stir!). Serve in a coup or martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Get Diner Goods at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter
$   .  Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter   .  Durham
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COMING SOON: Kingfisher Cocktail Bar at Kingfisher
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"Bee Durham" at Kingfisher Cocktail Bar

There are many unique people and places of Durham that come together to make it vibrant and alive; the life and work of the bee exemplifies this community creation of this fabulous place. The flowers the bee pollinates, the pollen it carries, and the honey and wax it produces are all represented in the drink, and all come from local makers Together they create a delicious, community-created taste of Durham. We can't wait to try it once Kingfisher opens this summer!

Recipe
¾ ounce chamomile-creamed honey
1.5 ounces beeswax-washed Conniption Navy Strength Gin
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients. Garnish with lemon wedge.

For the chamomile creamed honey, steep 4 grams of Jeddah’s chamomile tea in 16 ounces of just-boiled water. Steep for 4 minutes. Combine tea with 16 ounces of creamed honey. Stir until incorporated.

To make the beeswax gin, melt 1 ounce of beeswax into a mason jar over a water bath. When liquefied, remove from bath and roll jar until wax coats the entirety and has hardened. Add a 750-millimeter bottle of Conniption Navy Strength gin to the jar. Let rest for 72 hours.

COMING SOON: Kingfisher Cocktail Bar
-   .  Kingfisher   .  Durham
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Cozy Up for Dinner at Littler at Littler
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"Parrish Street Fizz" at Littler

Littler sits in the heart of Parrish Street—one of the most important places in Durham’s history. To celebrate that history, sip on this spin on a cocktail that people have been drinking in bars since Durham was founded.

Recipe
2 ounces Durham Distillery Cucumber Vodka
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
.75 ounce kiwi syrup
0.5 ounce Del Professor Dry Vermouth
.25 ounce simple syrup

Combine all ingredients and pour over ice in a collins glass. Top with soda and garnish with a dehydrated kiwi slice.

Cozy Up for Dinner at Littler
$$   .  Littler   .  Durham
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Try Huevos Diablos & Spanish Tapas at Mateo at Mateo Bar de Tapas
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"The Heirloom" at Mateo

This cocktail was inspired by the agricultural scene in Durham that has thrived since the 1800s. It features tomato water for a light and refreshing summer drink.

Recipe
2 ounces Durham distillery cold distilled cucumber vodka
1 ounce tomato water
0.5 ounces Cruz del Mar Fino
0.5 ounces lime juice
0.5 ounces simple syrup

Shake, pour over new ice, and garnish with mint.

Try Huevos Diablos & Spanish Tapas at Mateo
$$   .  Mateo Bar de Tapas   .  Durham
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Discover Regional Italian at Mothers & Sons at Mothers & Sons
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"Between Two Ferns" at Mothers & Sons

This fun play on a Hanky Panky celebrates Durham by using a local product (Durham Distillery Conniption Gin), and two fernets, which allow for plenty of conversation. It’s a bouncy sipper that mellows as the ice melts.

Recipe
1.5 ounces Conniption American Dry Gin
1.5 ounces Carpano Antica
.25 ounce Luxardo Fernet
.25 ounce Fernet Branca

Combine all ingredients. Stir briefly over cracked ice, then pour over a 3 ounce ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel.

Discover Regional Italian at Mothers & Sons
$$   .  Mothers & Sons   .  Durham
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Get Fired Up About Pizzeria Toro at Pizzeria Toro
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"Calabrian Chili Collins" at Pizzeria Toro

This cocktail was inspired by what people were drinking when Durham. Given its fresh ingredients and bright acid, the Tom Collins was a great fit for Pizzeria Toro. With the added heat of the chili infused syrup, the Calabrian Chili Collins becomes a current and fitting pairing for some seasonal antipasto.

Recipe
2 ounces Conniption Navy Strength Gin
.75 ounce fresh lemon juice
.75 ounce Calabrian chili syrup

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Pour in a collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with a dried Calabrian chili and lemon wheel.

Get Fired Up About Pizzeria Toro
$$   .  Pizzeria Toro   .  Durham
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Do a Night at The Durham  at The Durham Hotel
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"The Wild Indigo Yonder" at The Durham

The Durham’s Wild Indigo Yonder reflects our city’s history as the site of the first textile mill in the South to produce denim. We’ve used butterfly pea flowers to naturally infuse our Conniption American Dry Gin cocktail with a true indigo flower hue.

Recipe
1.5 ounces Conniption American Dry Gin
0.25 ounce White Verjus
0.25 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
0.5 ounce lavender and butterfly pea flower infused Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

To make the infusion, combine 1.5 ounces Luxardo Liqueur, 1 ounce water, 1 tablespoon dried lavender and three dried butterfly pea flowers. Combine in pot and simmer for two minutes. Fine strain and cool before using.

Combine the infused liqueur and the rest of the ingredients. Shake and serve. Garnish with lemon peel.

Do a Night at The Durham
$$   .  The Durham Hotel   .  Durham
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All the Special Cocktails You Can Drink to Celebrate Durham's 150th Anniversary
All the Special Cocktails You Can Drink to Celebrate Durham's 150th Anniversary