Blues, BBQ & Bourbon

Virtual Phillips after 5

August 6, 2020, 5:30-6:30 pm

Online via Zoom

It’s summer in the city! Explore the various breakout rooms for the full Phillips after 5 experience:

Can't make it to the event? Use the Phillips after 5 DIY kit for August to re-create the event at home or with your friends!


Boil a cup of Pu’erh tea with .5 tsp. of 5-Spice Powder and 1/4 cup of tamarind paste. Stir until well blended and while still hot, add 1 cup of brown sugar. Stir until all sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Strain out the solids and chill. Take a clove of star anise* and light the end on fire until it really starts to smoke. Invert a rocks glass over the smoking anise so that it gets cloudy and let sit while you:

Add to your shaker:
• 1.75 oz. One Eight Distilling “Untitled #11” Bourbon
• 0.75 oz. Pu’erh-Brown Sugar-Spice Syrup
• 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice*
• 0.25 oz. Ginger juice
• 2 dashes of Aromatic bitters

Fill with cracked ice and shake for 5 seconds.

Doublestrain** into your smoked glass over 1 large piece of ice. Garnish with a lemon peel, oils expressed over the glass at a 45 degree angle and your singed clove of star anise. *Hand squeezers are pretty ideal for single serving juicing. I generally like most tools by OXO. You’ll want to peel the lemon before juicing so you can use it for garnish later. **Double-straining refers to straining into a fine mesh strainer so the ice shards and pulp & don’t end up in your drink or in your teeth. While certainly an optional method, it also mildly slows the dilution rate of your drink as it sits.


Add to a saucepan or small pot, 1 cup of pomegranate juice, 1 cup of sugar and 6  cardamom pods, lightly crushed. Simmer until all the sugar is dissolved and let cool. Chill a Collins or Highball glass.

Add to your shaker:
• 3 halved cherry tomatoes
• 3 cubes of watermelon

Muddle your fruit until it’s all sort of squishy.

Then add:

• 1 oz. Pomegranate juice
• 0.5 oz Cardamom-Pomegranate syrup

Fill with cracked ice and shake for 5 seconds.

Double-strain into your glass with fresh cracked ice. Top with 3 oz. of coconut water. Garnish with fresh mint** & thyme and fruit. **Whenever garnishing with mint or broad leafed herbs, rub them a touch to open up their aromatics more