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O’Kelley’s At The Ballpark, 756 S 4th Street, Downtown
In the spirit of our August Work Issue, we challenge bartenders to concoct the perfect after-work drink.
2 oz whiskey
Bloody Mary mix
1/4 tablespoon horseradish
dash of bitters
dash of Worcestershire sauce
dash of celery salt
dash of pepper
dash of Tabasco
fresh squeezed lime
Who isn’t looking for a little spice in their life after they leave work behind them—at least for the night. Stacey Binder has created the perfect happy hour drink to do just that—the Bloody Maggie. Twisting the traditional Bloody Mary recipe to replace vodka with whiskey and adding in some horseradish and Tabasco sauce, your tastebuds will get a welcoming awakening with this zesty concoction. A Bloody Mary is sometimes considered to be “the world’s most complex cocktail,” but we think it’s easy to fall in love with this tingling take on the cocktail classic.
What’s your favorite drink?
An Old Fashioned. It’s typically for older people, but I like all the flavors and how the drink brings them all out.
What’s the weirdest request you’ve gotten?
A girl once asked me to take my shirt off and bartend for the rest of the night like that. I told her I’d get fired. She then asked me if we could switch shirts. She was wearing a tiny tank top.
Someone orders ________ and you automatically know they have no idea what they’re talking about.
Anyone who walks up to the bar and just asks for a shot. You then have to ask, “What kind of shot?” and they just say, “Oh something that’s strong but tastes good and is sweet.” There’s a bartenders’ unwritten rule for that—just make it red.