Friday, 02 June 2017 15:22

Last Call: 27 Club from SideBar

Written by  Nick Macksood
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Last Call: 27 Club from SideBar Photo by Katy Batdorff

The 27 Club was bartender Josh Van Gorden’s contribution to the Copper & King’s annual MixT&pe competition, in which competitors build a cocktail based on a song of their choosing. Initially dubbed "Purple Haze", the 27 Club is a nod to Jimi Hendrix not only in color, but in taste and texture as well.

The clean finish brought from the Americano Rosa belies the cloudy introduction at a first glance. Fennel & anise seed notes derived from Copper & Kings absinthe blanche complement the floral nose that the Louisville distillery’s immature brandy exudes. All in all, the pale lilac drink, with violet petals lazily floating, looks too serene to disturb. In a moment, the drink at Sidebar becomes a portrait of Zen tranquility beneath the sidewalks of downtown Grand Rapids.


1/4 oz. Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche
2 oz. Copper & Kings Immature Brandy
3/4 oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa
1/2 oz. Creme de Violette
1/2 oz. Horsford's Acid Phosphate
1 tsp. Maraschino cherry juice

Prepare a coupe glass by rinsing the sides with absinthe. In a cocktail shaker with ice, pour the Copper & Kings, Cocchi Americano Rosa, Creme de Violette, Acid Phosphate and cherry juice and mix thoroughly. Give the absinthe rinsed glass a swirl or three, then strain liquor into glass. Garnish with violet petals if you got ’em.


SideBar is located at 80 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids,

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