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Best Breakfast Cocktail 

The Easy Virtue

at The Drawing Room
937 N. Rush

Mixologist Charles Joly created this phlegm cutter for the Drawing Room’s spring menu after watching the Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby vehicle High Society, where “they’re pretty much sauced for half of the movie.” After she’s spent the night before her wedding cavorting with Sinatra in a swimming pool, Crosby serves Kelly an eye-opener—a classic Stinger. Embarrassed, she suggests that Crosby call her “Easy Virtue.” Joly subs Peruvian pisco for the Stinger’s brandy and the overlooked Italian mint digestivo Branca Menta for the creme de menthe, and sticks a straw straight through the mint so you get it right in the nose. Just in case your normal wake-up time isn’t 6 PM, when the Drawing Room opens, here’s the recipe.

1¾ oz BarSol Quebranta
    (or any quality pisco)
¾ oz Menta Branca
¼ oz Coffee Heering
    (or other coffee liqueur)
Fresh mint

Combine all spirits in a mixing glass. Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass full of crushed ice. Garnish with a large bouquet of mint.

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