Montana Payback Cocktail Recipe

There's an intricate story to each of the cocktail names at this eccentric Philadelphia cocktail den. They are each mementos of American history, lovingly collected on a cross-country road trip by the bar's owner, Lêe, when he first arrived here from Vietnam. This drink, the Montana Payback, refers to the Battle of Greasy Grass, also known as Custer's Last Stand. For more 2012 Best Cocktails, click here. (Photo: Felicia Perretti.)

Recipe adapted from Hop Sing Laundromat, Philadelphia, PA

Montana Payback
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Montana Payback from Hop Sing Laundromat, Philadelphia, PA
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  • 1 fresh whole Thai chile
  • 1 strawberry, hulled
  • 1½ ounces Laird's apple bonded brandy
  • ¾ ounce El Dorado 6-year white rum
  • ¾ ounce Velvet Falernum
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chile and the strawberry. Add the brandy, rum, Velvet Falernum and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until cold. Double-strain into a chilled coupe. Rinse out the shaker and add the cream. Shake (without ice) for 30 seconds until frothy and thickened. Pour the frothed cream over the drink and serve.
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