During my last trip to Lincoln I found several nice places that made up for my disappointment with Marz. However, hands down, the best of the bunch is the Bourbon Theater. I can assure you the next time and every time I’m in Lincoln I’ll be stopping by to see Luke Edson!
The Bourbon Theater is an interesting venue – a music club (the night I was there featured a DJ playing house, very loudly) along with an amazingingly well stocked bar and the very talented Luke Edson behind the bar.
For openers, I enjoyed that fact that Luke spent a few minutes chatting with me to find out what I like in a drink. After our conversation he made me his twist on a Rob Roy. Featuring Skye scotch along with Dubonnet, orange bitters and an orange twist, this was an amazing cocktail – and better than the original Rob Roy. This wonderful smokey scotch with the orange flavors was very cohesive and well done.
The next drink Luke made for me was the Mont Blanc, an original of his. Here it is.
- 1-1/2 oz St. Remy brandy (or better)
- 3/4 oz Bianco vermouth
- 1/4 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
- 1/4 – 1/3 oz Averna
In my notes at the time I wrote “OMG amazing!” It’s like a boozy dessert. Vanilla notes, a hint of cherry and an almost creamy texture. This is, without a doubt, one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had.
By the way, if you want to make this at home (and I will be!) you will need the use Bianco vermouth, not dry vermouth. Bianco is a sweetened white vermouth and using dry will not yeild the same result at all!