Medicine Hat

I grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. In the 1980s, it was a great place to be a kid/teen in that it was relatively safe, beautiful during the summer, and offered the world’s best skiing about 20 minutes from my house. But, you couldn’t argue that it was any kind of paragon of metropolitan culture. This applied in spades to night life and drinking. Utah has long suffered from draconian liquor laws that have stunted its night-time appeal. However, It’s been over 20 years since I’ve lived there, and word is that the times they are a changin.’ The infamous Zion Curtain has finally fallen, and other ludicrous laws seem to be petering out by the wayside. Good evidence of this is the newly refangled Bar X. A long-time SLC institution, the X has been been revamped to reflect the cocktail renaissance the rest of the country has been enjoying for several years. Their Medicine Hat cocktail, created by David White and Duncan Burrell, is as crafty and tasty as any offering on either coast.

Medicine Hat ✯✯✯✯1/2
1 1/2 oz Laird’s bonded applejack
1/2 oz Fernet Branca
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz rich (2:1) simple syrup
1/2 tsp grenadine

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

2 thoughts on “Medicine Hat

  1. Stew, I just bought your book at Tales yesterday. Which led me to your website and your blog. Had no idea I’ve been following a fellow Utahan. I grew up in Bountiful in the 80’s. Didn’t have my first drink until I was 30 and really only discovered the cocktail renaissance when I moved to NYC a few years ago. I was glad to see Abraham Hawkins’ Don Lockwood in there. I used to frequent Dutchkills more than i care to admit. I’m in Boston now which also has some fantastic bartenders. I live right up the street from the Boston Shaker, which is helpful. I’m going to go show them your book. They should be selling it. Anyway, thanks so much for your book. It is indeed beautiful as well as highly practical and I will be proud to tell people it was penned by a fellow Beehive stater (if you don’t mind).

    • Treb, too funny re. UT. It’s good to be out, no? Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the book. I am in fact selling it at Boston Shaker; they were the first brick-and-mortar store to pick it up. Adam is a really great guy. Hope you enjoy!

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