Recipe by Spencer Warren
Recipe by Devon Dennis
1 1/2 oz. Fennel Infused VEEV Vodka
1 oz. Liquore Strega
1/4 oz. Honey Syrup
4-5 Mint Leaves
1/2 Lemon, Quartered
Muddle Lemon and Honey in a mixing tin. Clap and drop mint into tin, followed by the rest of your ingredients. Shake with ice. Double Strain into a double old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Fennel Infused VEEV Recipe:
(Side note. If time is an issue or infusing sounds like too much effort, 2 dashes of Bar Keep Fennel Bitters is a slightly different but acceptable substitute alongside the normal 1 1/2 oz. VEEV)
Remove fronds from 3 fennel bulbs. Blanch. Cut into quarter size pieces. Combine one 750ml bottle of Veev and fennel in an airtight container for 5 days, shaking daily to incorperate flavors. Strain through cheesecloth and re-bottle.
Double Old Fashioned
I work at a cocktail bar inspired by the life, works, and travels of Ernest Hemingway, in a rare upscale, sunny waterfront community just outside of Seattle. I am constantly looking to create drinks that combine quality spirits, fresh ingredients, promote balanced living, and also have a historical homage toward Papa Hemingway. Besides bull fighting and writing, Hemingway loved to drink. We know he loved his Daiquiri #3, but one his lesser known tipples of choice was Liquore Strega, a witches brew Italian herbal liqueur flavored with fennel, anise, saffron, and a slurry of other ingredients. While Hemingway preferred Strega in his coffee, I created this cocktail as a refreshing summer variation on a traditional Smash, infusing fennel into Veev to promote freshness and complexity, and using raw ingredients like mint, honey, and fresh muddled lemon to create an perfectly balanced drink for a day off.
VEEV, now 70 Proof, is a handcrafted premium spirit, that is infused with just the right amount of Acai and other natural flavors like prickly pear and acerola cherry which makes it a better alternative to vodka. Crafted at our award winning distillery that is powered by renewable wind energy, VEEV is distilled in small batches to ensure we achieve a perfectly balanced taste. The result is a versatile, full-bodied spirit with a smooth finish. So go ahead, cheat on the harsh taste and same ole boring vodka you’ve grown tired of. #CheatOnVodka