Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Eclipse Restaurant's "Set to Kill": Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go.

Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature:

"Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion"

Each week we take you to one of our favorite St. Louis bars (and, oh, the list is long) for a drink (or two) we -- in consultation with the bartender -- highly recommend.

EVAN C. JONES
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This week's selection comes from Eclipse Restaurant (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-2222) in the Loop. It was windy and cold outside, and bar manager Tony Saputo suggested something that would melt away the chill.

Eclipse bar manager Tony Saputo stirs Gut Check up a cocktail. - EVAN C. JONES
  • Evan C. Jones
  • Eclipse bar manager Tony Saputo stirs Gut Check up a cocktail.

"All winter flavors are a bartender's dream," he says, elaborating upon Eclipse's winter cocktail menu. "They're sturdy, heavy drinks with dark liquors that are robust and rustic."

Taking inspiration from a previous cocktail, (the Sazerac-esque "Set to Stun," from last winter's cocktail menu), Saputo decided to up the ante: He set out to create a cocktail that offered balanced flavors but aimed to "knock people on their ass."

Beam up the "Set to Kill."

The cocktail features W.L. Weller twelve-year bourbon, Booker's bourbon, Cynar (an Italian liqueur made from artichokes), green Chartreuse and house-made tamarind bitters and topped with a flamed orange peel.

Saputo says flaming the orange peel helps release the essential oils from the rind.

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