Cocktail Hour: The I-75 from Metropole

Cocktail Hour: The I-75 from Metropole

Metropole has just introduced a brand new cocktail menu, which I received a press release the day after I tried it.  Whoops.

On Monday, I had several former coworkers in from out of town.  After hopping from Salazar, to Lackman, to Obscura, we finished the night at Metropole.  Coincidentally, Salazar has a cocktail named after the other north-south interstate in Cincinnati, the 71S, and they both have two things in common: bourbon and sparkle.  I asked for the recipe to the Metropole’s I-75, and here it is.  This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy bourbon: beautiful cross between a Manhattan and a Champagne cocktail.   It’s delicious, and was a spectacular way to end a fun night.  It does feature a smoked sugar cube (as Metropole features many wood-smoked items), but you likely don’t have a smoked sugar cube.  Just use a regular one.

Cocktail Hour: The I-75 from Metropole
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Bourbon and sparkling wine make for a refreshing cocktail with a kick!
Serves: 1
  • Smoked sugar cube
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • absinthe spritz
  • ½ oz Makers Mark bourbon
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth (I use Dolin or Carpano)
  • 3 oz Kila Cava
  1. Spritz martini glass with absinthe (if you don't have an atomizer, pour about ¼ in and swirl, though the Absinthe flavor will be more pronounced), add sugar cube and douse with orange bitters. Add Makers and sweet vermouth, top with Kila Cava.

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