Raise a Glass Cocktail #4: Bread Basket Sour


Above, a step-by-step video on mixing Derek Brown’s Raise a Glass cocktail, the Bread Basket Sour


—1½ oz. rye whiskey

—1 oz. blackberry syrup*

—¾ oz. fresh lemon juice

—1 dash aromatic bitters

—1 small egg white


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake without ice (this will add to the drink’s head). Add ice and shake again. Strain into chilled coupe and garnish with blackberries and raspberries.

*A simple way to make blackberry syrup is gather a bowl of blackberry syrup and cover it with white sugar. Set it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight. Strain and use.

David Wondrich, on the Bread Basket Sour:

If Derek Brown, the proprietor of Washington’s Columbia Room, Mockingbird Hill and several other equally beloved bars, had been working in Washington, DC, back in 1814, the odds are very strong that the British would never have quite gotten around to burning the White House, the Capitol, and the city’s other public buildings. General Ross would have stopped in at Brown’s Exchange, Derek would have mixed him up one of his iced dewdrops, then another, then another, and next thing you know the man wouldn’t have been able to stand the sound of the burning and would have pulled his troops back to somewhere cool, shady, well-watered and very, very quiet.