You’ve been a Drink Me reader for how long now? Long enough, anyway. It’s time to up the ante on your cocktail-making skills and learn to do something useful with all that booze we’ve convinced you to buy. The next time you invite friends over, you’ll create not just a good cocktail, but something they’ve never had before, even in their favorite cocktail emporium.

Beauty by design. Polish without pretension. Seamless, classic service. Intimate, inviting and highly social. This is The Monarch in Kansas City, Missouri. Featuring the very best in innovative craft cocktails along with premier spirits and wines, we could find no better source for five outstanding cocktails that raise the bar in your mixology skills.

Thanks to the team there for sending us these masterpieces that now become your cocktail repertoire.

Purple Emperor

To Batch Ingredients:

  • 1.0 oz Old Weller Antique 107
  • 1.0 oz Absolut Elyx
  • .75 oz Joto Yuzu Sake

To Order Ingredients:

  • 2.0 oz Batch
  • .75 oz Aronia berry, Black garlic syrup
  • 1 bspn Creme fraiche, 2 d Saline

Build: Hard Shake and dbl strain into a classic coupe. Garnish w/ lemon zest and discard.

Red Admiral


  • 1.0 oz Copper & Kings Un-aged American Apple Brandy
  • 1.0 oz Laird’s Jersey Lightning Apple Brandy
  • .5 oz Kronan Swedish Punch
  • .75 oz Red wine poached pear
  • .75 oz Egg white
  • .5 oz champagne acid
  • 1 bspn Tangerine Agrumato

Build: Reverse Dry shake all ingredients and dbl strain into a black coupe, garnish with orange zest and discard

King Palm 2.0


  • 1.5 oz J.Rieger & Co. Midwestern Dry Gin
  • .5 oz Kefir Whey
  • .5 oz Coconut Water
  • .5 oz Cinnamon- lemongrass Syrup
  • .75 oz Red wine

Build: Whip shake with pebble ice and dbl strain into a collins glass. Slowly insert single collns cube and float the red wine on top of the cocktail.

Angry Elf


  • 1.0 oz Elvelo Tequila
  • 1.0 oz Smoked Chile Flake and Opuntia(prickly Pear) Syrup
  • Lambrusco
  • Garnish Monarch Verbena tincture

Build: Spray Champagne flute with Verbena Tincture. Whip Shake tequila and prickly pear Syrup w/ Crushed ice and dbl strain into the Champagne flute half filled with Lambrusco.

Fall of Ibis

To Batch Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Scarlet Ibis Rum
  • .5 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac
  • .5 oz Montenegro
  • .25 oz Becherovka
  • 1 bspn  Rhum Clement Mahina Coco

To Order Ingredients:

  • 2.75 oz Batch
  • 1.0 oz Chamomile, Pumpkin
  • .75 oz Egg White
  • .5 oz Lemon
  • 1 dropper tiki bitters

Build: Reverse Shake the above. in a neat rocks glass, dbl strain the cocktail and then garnish Flame Allspice spritz.

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