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AJ Rathbun’s The Cliftonness

  • CrackedIce
  • 1.5ozGold Bar 889 Blend
  • 3/4ozDry Vermouth
  • 1/4ozPierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
  • DashAngostura Bitters

Back in October, 2018, A.J Rathbun, a freelance food and entertainment writer, poet and author posted a new cocktail for the world to consider in his ‘What I’m Drinking’ blog post.

A modern take on Jacques Staub’s ‘The Clifton’, Rathbun’s ‘The Cliftonness’ replaces rye with Gold Bar Whiskey Blend 889, and uses dry Curaçao instead of ‘brown’ Curaçao the original cocktail called for.

A.J ‘just started playing around with the amounts of our main ingredients. And, voila, we took home the gold. And by that, I mean it all came together into a bright, light, drink, with herbal and botanical hints and a smooth whiskey hum underneath.’

To read this full article, and other recipes you can sip slowly on, check out A.J Rathbun’s blog here. And if you’d like your signature recipe featured on our website and social media, send us your cocktail recipe via email!


A.J Rathbun’s ‘The Cliftonness’

Cracked ice

1-1/2 ounces Gold Bar 889 Blend
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao
Dash Angostura bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass halfway with cracked ice. Add everything. Stir well.

Strain into a cocktail glass, or a glass with an appropriate amount of gilding to match the whiskey.


*photo credit A.J. Rathbun

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