Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is known for its selection of bourbons and bourbon cocktails, but the Sweet Melissa, named after the Allman Brothers song, showcases Troy & Sons Moonshine, a white whiskey. Beverage directors Allegra Angelo and Robert Hortencio amplify the subtle floral notes in the moonshine with herbal Chartreuse, cucumber and lavender. They top the aromatic cocktail with celery bitters. For more 2012 Best Cocktails, click here.
Recipe adapted from Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami Beach, FL
Yield: 1 drink
2 cucumber slices
Dash of The Bitter Truth celery bitters
1½ ounces Troy & Sons moonshine
¾ ounce simple syrup (1:1)
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce green Chartreuse
Pinch of dried lavender
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and bitters together. Add the moonshine, simple syrup, lemon juice, green Chartreuse and ice. Shake, then strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with the lavender. Serve.