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Recipe: Revolver

Who doesn’t love an easy cocktail? Well, it doesn’t get much simpler than the Revolver. It’s a riff on a Manhattan, and its quality, like a lot of uncomplicated cocktails, relies on the ingredients. The drink was created almost 20 years ago by Jon Santer, a well-known San Francisco bartender who popularized the drink at the pioneering speakeasy Bourbon & Branch (which he helped to open).

When he first conceived of this elegantly easy cocktail, Bulleit Bourbon was all the rage, so it became his go-to. For my version, I used the more flavorful and slightly higher proof Blenders’ Select for its standout chocolate and cherry notes to compliment the coffee liqueur. I feel like Jon would approve. As for the coffee liqueur, there are several good options on the market, but it’s hard to beat tried-and-true Kahlua. Throw in some orange bitters (hard to go wrong with Regans’), and the only thing left for this one is a match and an orange peel. Try not to burn the house down.

2 oz. Bulleit Blender’s Select Bourbon
0.5 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them, earning several booze-related merit badges along the way, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. In addition to his work with Drinkhacker, Drew is also Spirits Editor for Santé Magazine. A recovering Federal government employee, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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