The Story Behind The Blackthorn Returns

Once inside, if you wander down a short hallway and climb a staircase to what used to be a hayloft, you’ll find a stylish, laid-back lounge called The Rookery. With billiard tables, live music on occasion, a food menu, and an impressive cocktail list, you could easily stick around late into the night without realizing it.

On certain days of the week, The Rookery offers a “Dealer’s Choice” cocktail option, where the bartender will choose a lesser-known classic and add a twist or update. On a recent visit, bar manager Zackary Moreno made me a simple but delicious Blackthorn cocktail.

“The original recipe calls for dry vermouth and Angostura bitters,” Moreno said as he handed me the completed beverage, “But I’m a fan of the blanc vermouth in this recipe."


  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce Cocchi Americano Bianca
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Absinthe (to rinse the glass)
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into an absinthe-rinsed cordial glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Updated: 2018-11-08

The Blackthorn Returns Recipe