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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