A History Lesson With Booze ®

La Belle Rebelle

This week back in 1862, Isabelle Maria Boyd was captured by the Union Army for the first time. And why would the Union want to incarcerate a fun-loving teenaged debutante? Because she was also a Confederate spy. Hear her story, then unite friends from either side of the Mason/Dixon line with this tasty custom cocktail, based on the native drink of our nation’s capital.

La Belle Rebelle

as devised by Derek Brown, mixologist and owner of The Columbia Room in Washington DC:

In a shaker over crushed ice, add:

  • 1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. Tart Cherry Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Grenadine
  • Dash of Bokers Bitters

Stir and strain into glass over ice. Top with Soda Water. Garnish with lime wheel and a speared brandied cherry. Sip, but remain vigilant— for the tart sweetness belies nefarious intentions.