The Story Behind The Always the Sun
Oklahoma City’s Barkeep Supply is a cocktail enthusiast’s dream. Customers can peruse a medley of glassware and bitters, attend a cocktail class taught by local bartenders, or enjoy owner Julia McLish’s creative liquid inventions at its four-seat bar, all conveniently housed under one roof.
The Always the Sun cocktail, a popular item on Barkeep’s menu, inoculates winter-weary guests with a dose of vitamin C, perfect for the dregs of winter. The cocktail’s gin base is complemented by the addition of lemon curd, which gives a creamy texture and tart profile. The absinthe rinse and touch of banana liqueur add an unexpected complexity. For the lemon curd, McLish uses Bonne Maman, a brand found nationwide at grocery stores.
McLish touts the Always the Sun’s wide appeal for its success: “This is a cocktail anyone can enjoy, whether they are just starting to get into cocktails or they are a more seasoned drinker.”
- 1 ½ ounces gin
- ¼ ounce banana liqueur, such as Giffard Banane du Brésil
- 1 bar spoon lemon curd, such as Bonne Maman
- ¼ ounce vanilla simple syrup
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- Absinthe for glass rinse
- Rinse a Nick and Nora glass with absinthe. Set aside.
- In a metal shaker, combine the remaining ingredients and shake well with ice.
- Strain the liquid into the rinsed glass and garnish with an edible flower.