Check Out The “Cellar Door” Cocktail

Check Out The “Cellar Door” Cocktail

Cellar Door Vertical 1Down under the Andaz Hotel in New York City is ‘The Bar Downstairs.” As someone who has poor night vision, I can tell you, I pretty much have no clue what it looks like, but the “Cellar Door” cocktail they serve is the shiz. And I don’t just whip out the expression ‘shiz’ for just anything.

Here are the ingredients –

Pimms No 1 – If you haven’t tried this British staple, you really need to. It’s got a gin base, but with secret herbs and fruity flavors mixed in, it could also be considered a liqueur. (It’s best known for the light and refreshing “Pimms Cup” – so if you’re ever in England you MUST order one.)


bergamot syrup – Available in high end liquor stores and online, Bergamot is the citrus fruit that flavors Earl Gray tea. This syrup is made from its peel and juice and has a zesty citrus tang.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum (or similar) – honestly, if I only could store five bottles of liquor in my bar, Spiced Rum would be one of them.

St Elizabeth Allspice Dram (or “Pimento Dram”) – a common element in mulled wine, this is a rum-based liqueur is flavored with the allspice berry, and contains rich, layered flavors of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and even a subtle (and I do mean subtle) pepper undertone.

An orange peel for garnish

Here’s our interpretation of the cocktail!

(If you don’t have a shaker, just add the ingredients to your rocks glass and stir carefully to avoid spillage! We hate to waste liquor!)

In a shaker, throw in about four chunky ice cubes. Why chunky? For no other reason than I like them chunky.)

Add about 4 ounces of Pimms.

add two ounces of spiced rum.

Squeeze the juice of a lemon wedge in there.

add a splash of Bergamot syrup.

drop about 1/8 of an ounce of Allspice (pimento) Dram. It doesn’t need much!

Shake (and dance briefly)

Pour into a rocks glass with ice.

garnish with an orange peel.

If you need to adjust the strength, a little splash of orange juice will soften it up!


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