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My Cocktail: The St. Louis Time Machine

My Cocktail: The St. Louis Time Machine

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Show Me State lately and wanted to craft a cocktail that blended the preferred drink of MadMen worldwide with something uniquely St. Louis.

The drink I came up with is an Old Fashioned inspired by Gooey Butter Cake, a sugary dessert St. Louis is famous for. It’s a little sweeter than the average Old Fashioned, and distinctly absent of an orange or cherry flavor, which I think makes it stand on it’s own.

I served it up at a recent party with sixty industry execs and it went pretty fast. Now, MidWesterners are deceptively polite… but I think they loved it.

The recipe is below. Stir one up and let me know what you think.

Brian Aitken toasting his Saint Louis Time Machine Cocktail


2 oz Four Roses Single Cask Bourbon
0.5 oz Bulleit Rye
0.5 oz Pecan Whiskey
1 teaspoon Buttershots
2 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

I usually make these in 15 drink batches and shake gently just to get those bitters to open up. If you’re making one at a time and are a slow drinker I recommend a subtle stir and serving on the rocks. Otherwise, add a splash of water, spill over some rocks, and enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. Here’s to the best for you and yours.