Above, a step-by-step video on mixing Brandon Casey’s Raise a Glass cocktail, This Conflagration Nation
—1 oz. Angel’s Envy finished rye
—1 oz. Bulleit 10 year bourbon
—¾ oz. Nardini Amaro
—½ oz. Sandeman’s Founder’s Reserve ruby port
—¼ oz. Boulard Calvados
—¼ oz. mint-infused simple syrup*
Stir and strain into a Barbados Plantation Style pipe tobacco smoked glass. Twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top, discard and garnish with a sprig of mint.
*Stir 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water together in a small saucepan over low heat. Add 1 cup mint leaves and stir for 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, strain and bottle.
David Wondrich, on This Conflagration Nation:
Brandon Casey fires this one off from his post behind the bar at Phoenix, Arizona’s popular and respected Citizen Public House. Back in 1814, the United States was not a rich country: Sure, we had all the natural resources anyone could want, but they were still mostly natural and not quite yet resources. That said, if you comb through the advertisement columns of American newspapers of the day, it rapidly becomes clear that not everyone was poor. Of course, most Americans had to stick with plain old backwoods whiskey, but there were those who could afford fine Spanish wines, French brandies, Italian medicinal elixirs and whatever else the world had to offer. Brandon’s drink is a democratic one: There’s plenty of plain-folks whiskey, with enough foreign luxury to make it interesting, but not so much as to tame its native vigor.