Celebrate Al Capone’s 116th birthday with the Capone cocktail   

Capone with Templeton RyeWhile I certainly don’t celebrate the murderous crime of infamous gangster, Al Capone, I can get behind his love for whiskey.

Templeton Rye is distilled in Indiana and bottled in Templeton, Iowa, giving it the Mid-West roots any Chicagoland mobster could admire.  Reportedly this rye was Capone’s rye of choice.  In fact, it is said that he had bottles smuggled into Alcatraz and that he’s buried with a bottle. I can’t vouch for that, but I can tell you his namesake cocktail is bad-ass.

The Capone

  • 3 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • Splash of Champagne
  • Dash of bitters

Combine Templeton Rye, bitters and Grand Marnier in a shaker. Shake well, strain in martini glass. Float champagne and garnish with lemon twist.

Enjoy!

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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