“This drink is basically all liquor. It’s a little dangerous. I like to make drinks like that, that are all alcohol, but don’t taste like it. I also like to keep things simple. At Patrick’s Bar Vin, we’re known as a wine bar, and we do have really great wines, but we also have fantastic Belgian beers—Chimay, Orval, Blanche de Bruxelles, Duvel and Leffe—and a nice cocktail list with five of my own creations.
I’ve been a waitress and a bartender. I’m going to only be a bartender from now on. When you serve people drinks, you make them a lot happier than when you serve them food. And when you make the drinks, you’re in control, there’s no middleman. You don’t have to bring a steak that’s not cooked right back to the kitchen. If you tell me how you like it, what kind of drink you want, I can pretty much make it that way.
I wanted to create this cocktail for Jeremy Davenport. My husband works with him over at the Ritz-Carlton, and he’s just a really likable guy, such a fun musician. I thought it would be fun to do someone who’s still kicking [laughs] and someone we actually know and are fond of.
Jeremy is kind of old-fashioned. He plays a lot of old standards, with his own twist. So it made sense to make an old-fashioned for him and add some Hoodoo chicory liqueur for a New Orleans twist. This liqueur has only been around for a few months, and I’ve been wanting to use it because I like it so much. Chicory is a root, used as a coffee substitute, like in the café au lait at Café du Monde. Chicory gives the coffee a stronger flavor. Hoodoo kind of tastes like coffee. Not as much as Kahlua, but there’s a hint of coffee and a hint of sweetness. And I had to use Maker’s Mark because it’s the bourbon of choice for Jeremy.
What I love about Jeremy is that you can take your grandmother or your best friend who comes to town to hear him play. His personality really comes through in his music, and it’s not hard-to-understand jazz, it’s the real accessible, easy stuff. I wanted this cocktail to be like that too.”
The Davenport Old Fashioned
- 1 orange slice
- 3/4 ounce Hoodoo chicory liqueur
- 1 1/4 ounce Maker’s Mark bourbon
- 1 cherry
- Muddle (smush) the orange in an old-fashioned glass
- Fill with ice
- Pour in chicory liqueur and bourbon
- Stir and garnish with a cherry