I have managed to be swept into the cocktail fold by virtue of editing and producing the Behind the Bar column. I have started to taste new spirits, and have started exploring any cocktails made with ginger beer, starting with my favorite Dark and Stormy. I was therefore quite enticed when Talmadge from Pharmacie sent over two cocktail recipes this summer. One for the Roman Holiday, and this week’s cocktail, The Lutheran. I was enticed by the latter because of the ginger beer, and the ‘religion’ aspect, living in Rome and all…religion always comes up in conversation in some form or another. I love the citrus in this drink, which is undeniably on the sweeter side. Choose a strong ginger beer to get the most out of it. –Kristina
Talmadge Lowe began his days behind the bar at Orso in NYC, where cocktails mattered long before the recent boom in cocktail culture. Not long after relocating to LA, he founded Pharmacie: a private, underground speakeasy with an emphasis on cocktail creation and experimentation. Now turned public, Pharmacie is available for any and all craft cocktail needs. Always happy to tend to the thirsty, Pharmacie (and Talmadge) is available for private events, small or large, as well as mixology workshops, cocktail programs, and lectures on the craft. Talmadge and his Pharmacie barmen are nothing short of cocktail specialists who take cues from the classics, honor the standards and invent original ideas with every drink they create. Try Pharmacie’s 1966 Cosmopolitan in our archives.
See Talmadge’s recipe for The Lutheran, and how it got its name, after the jump.
- 1 oz bourbon
- Splash fresh lime juice
- 3 dash Angostura bitters
- Ginger Beer (I like Jamaica’s Finest)
- Tangerine Wheel
Why Talmadge loves this cocktail
This cocktail is inspired by an old drink called The Presbyterian. I’ve “reformed” it a bit, hence The Lutheran. The ginger beer is the spice, the lime is the tart, the bourbon the sweet and some bitters for good measure. It’s a very simple and very refreshing cocktail, good any time of year. A great drink for even the most skeptical cocktail drinker