Gallery: Guest Bartender: Make the Stay Up Late with Theo Lieberman of Lantern's Keep

  • Fresh is essential

    bartender juicing a lemon

    In a drink so simple, fresh citrus is not debatable. Juice a lemon at the last possible moment.

    Lemon

    freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Add 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.

    Simple Syrup

    bartender pouring simple syrup

    Add 3/4 ounce simple syrup to the shaker.

    Time for the gin

    bartender pouring gin

    Add 1.5 ounces London Dry gin, such as Beefeater.

    And cognac

    bartender pouring cognac

    Add 1/2 ounce cognac such as Pierre Ferrand. Then fill shaker with ice.

    Give it a little shake

    bartender shaking a drink

    Shake briefly—you don't want to introduce too much water through dilution.

    Strain and pour

    bartender straining and pouring a drink

    Strain into a rocks-filled highball glass.

    A little fizz

    bartender pouring club soda

    Top with club soda.

    Say ahhhhhh.

    bartender drinking cocktail

    Garnish with orange wedge, brandied cherry, and a straw, then enjoy!