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Gut Check's Three Favorite Cocktails of 2013

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       Taste the smoky goodness. | Zach Garrison


Tripel's "Smoke Wagon"

Tripel Brasserie's (1801 Park Avenue; 314-678-7787) "Smoke Wagon" involves bourbon, amaro, bitters and chocolate bitters, plus more sweetness with maple syrup and orange zest. The secret weapon, though, is the Smoking Gun: It's basically this genius device that is catching on among expert drink-makers that allows flavorful smoke to be infused into your drink. For the "Smoke Wagon," wafts of French plum tea leaves are shot into a glass and then quickly covered and trapped. The drink is essentially a cross between a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned -- warm and full of heavy, rich flavors. Though we'd add that saccharine tones are present in each sip (thanks to the syrup and chocolate bitters which cut through the bourbon), balancing things out nicely.

• 1.5 oz. bourbon
• .5 oz. maple syrup
• dash of bitters
• dash chocolate bitters
• edge of orange
• French plum tea leaves infused with the Smoking Gun

Location Info

Tripel Brasserie - CLOSED

1801 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO

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