“Naughty Professor embodies that serious funk groove and all around good-time music that I love. When I went to school at Loyola I started hearing about their music and fell in love with them. The beautiful chaotic melodies they create are just out of this world. I named this cocktail after one of the songs on their 2013 album, Out On a Limb, called ‘Glass Two Apples.’ The guy who wrote it, Bill Daniel—or Wild Bill as I like to call him—he’s the guitarist for the band and essentially went to an art exhibition in San Antonio and saw a painting of a glass and two apples and was inspired to write that piece. And I think that’s awesome, that something so simple became the complexity that the song is, and the pretty and dark melodies that the song represents.
There are apples in this recipe—in two forms, actually. We’ll be doing an American apple brandy and a cider liqueur in a bramble variation incorporating a lot of everything—a little sweet, a little acidity, a little bitter—just like their music, with an end result that’s just really fine; an incredible, enjoyable product.
I started bartending at Dat Dog on Magazine Street, actually. From there, I got really invested in cocktail culture and since I’ve always been a history nerd, the history of spirits and liqueurs really piqued my interest. Then I met some awesome people at Atchafalaya who fine-tuned my skills. They made me understand what it takes to make a truly awesome cocktail. And now I’m at Longway, which is a breath of fresh air in the Quarter. We’ve been open for about [three] months now.
I love brambles—they’re my ultimate summer drink. That’s what I want on my porch. They’re never too sweet and always keep me coming back for more. Generally, though, my go-to drink is a daiquiri. That combination of spirits when done right is magical, easy-going and you can crush them one after another.”