Today's drink is a summery sipper from Las Vegas, where the weather is pretty warm year-round. The 23rd and Valencia is a cocktail that tastes like drinking lemonade near a barbecue, with its soft and fruity ingredients and rinse of smoky scotch whisky. Though it might be chilly where you are now, this one is worth saving for warmer weather.
The drink was created by Traci Howell of Public House in Las Vegas, but its name comes from the bar Beretta in San Francisco that is located on the corner of 23rd Street and Valencia Street. Howell adapted the drink from Beretta bartender Ryan Fitzgerald.
Leblon is a brand of cachaca (Brazilian rum from sugar cane) that is softer and gentler than most. Added to it is St. Germain elderflower liqueur, which has pear notes along with the floral ones, plus lemon juice and simple syrup to round it out. You can likely substitute any smoky Islay whisky for the Laphroaig (such as Bowmore, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, etc.) or even a smoky mezcal.
The drink tastes like drinking lemonade with a smoking barbecue grill in the background, so you can wait until you fire up the grill this summer to compare, or you might just try it now to bring that summer taste closer to spring.
23rd and Valencia
By Traci Howell of Public House in Las Vegas
1.5 fl. oz. Leblon Cachaca
.5 fl. oz. St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
.5 fl. oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 fl. oz. Simple Syrup
1 Barspoon Laphroaig Cask Strength Scotch Whisky
Rinse a wine glass with Laphroaig Cask strength and discard the excess liquid. Combine the rest of ingredients in mixing glass with ice, shake and strain into rinsed wine glass. Express a lemon peel on top of the drink and drop it into the glass.