Night Bird, A Boulevardier Riff

night bird boulevardier riff“This nightcap plays with the unbeatable aromatic combination of sage and Averna, lightened up by the addition of cucumber,” says Proof bartender Karli Sandos of this Boulevardier riff.

1½ oz. rye whiskey
½ oz. Averna
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes sage tincture
3 cucumber slices
Tools: mixing glass, muddler, barspoon, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: disciplined sage leaf

In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber slices. Add the remaining ingredients with ice and stir. Double strain into chilled coupe and garnish.

Sage Tincture: Chiffonade 12 sage leaves and add to 1 cup of high-proof spirit (Proof uses Plymouth Navy Strength gin). Rest for 18 to 24 hours, add one cup water and strain.

Karli Sandos, Proof, Des Moines, Iowa


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