Bird is the word.
Tucson, meet Stephen Ott: your new favorite bartender at BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar and winner of the Judge’s Choice Award at the Whiskey Del Bac Showdown. Stephen started off his career at Tough Luck Club and has made his way to one of Tucson’s newest dining scenes: BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar. With its Americana and Southern influence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar features 55 American whiskeys and can make a mean drink.
The winning cocktail at the Whiskey Del Bac Showdown was Ott’s Tucson Julep, and you can find it on the regular menu at BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar (disclaimer: be prepared to never want to order anything else ever again). Or, you can do what I did and attempt to replicate the Tucson Julep at home.
But, first things first. Why a julep? Well, in the words of my new best friend Stephen Ott, the “mint julep is an American institution.” Also, nothing says “
winter summer is coming” more than a julep does. The creosote tincture adds depth to this drink by giving it the fragrance of rain in the desert.
What you’ll need:
Because you’re essentially making a julep, you’ll need to:
My advice? While you leave the serrano chile and creosote to tincture at home, make your way to the restaurant. BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar has killer daily happy hour specials, such as $3 off house cocktails (which includes the Tucson Julep)! BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar will expand their hours after Labor Day and will be open for Brunch on Sundays. Chicken and waffles for breakfast, anyone?
P.S. Don’t miss the launch of the new Whiskey Del Bac Distillers Cut! On Sunday, September 3rd from 5pm to 7pm, BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar will feature a special cocktail menu celebrating the launch of Hamilton Distillers’ newest addition to the Whiskey Del Bac family.