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Monday, August 19, 2013

Featured Cocktail: What's Up Doc

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Found: e2 emeril's eatery, 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, #100
Ingredients: 1.5 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey, 1.5 ounces carrot juice, 1.5 ounces lemon juice, 1 ounce ginger syrup, 1 ounce lemon juice and mint leaf for garnish.

Like most of e2's cocktails, the What's Up Doc was born out of the desire for a challenge. "The reason why it came about was because we had a few regulars challenge us that we couldn't make a drink with just anything," says bar manager Miki Nikolic. "'How about carrot?' they said. The next thing you know, they're sipping on this one."

Nikolic thrives off of challenging cautious, finicky drinkers to enjoy their "least favorite liquors." If you claim you're not a bourbon drinker, you'll soon be sipping on Wild Turkey under the impression that it's anything but whiskey. Later, he'll fill you in, at which point, you won't even mind. You'll be converted.
Nikolic, an old-school bartender, isn't a fan of new titles and crazes in the industry, and hates the word mixologist. Still, he's crafty when it comes to creating drinks at the fresh-forward bar at e2. His sought-after recipes are simple in execution, and Nikolic lives by a five-minute time limit for cocktail crafting. The Serbian legend is brimming with stories spanning international locales and the kitchens of famous chefs, and you'll most likely hear about them. He knows the recipe for a good bartender requires equal parts craftsmanship and conversation.

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