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Alex Negranza’s Slick Watts

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Blackberry liqueur deepens the flavors of this bourbon cocktail from Better Luck Tomorrow.

Houston bartender (and 2018 Bartender of the Year) Alex Negranza—who moved to the city from Seattle—named this drink for fellow transplant Slick Watts, an NBA point guard who played for the Seattle Supersonics from 1973 to 1978 before moving to Texas to play for the Houston Rockets.


  • 1½ oz. bourbon
  • ¾ oz. sweet vermouth (such as Cocchi Vermouth di Torino)
  • ¼ oz. Campari
  • ¼ oz. crème de mure
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • Tools:barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:highball
  • Garnish:orange peel, blackberry, cherry


Stir all of the ingredients with ice to chill, strain into an ice-filled glass, then garnish.

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