June 19 2013 04:24 PM

We asked a local bartender to mix drinks inspired by five local acts

A Cuckoo Chaos
Photo by Candice Eley

One of the highest honors a performer can receive is to have a menu item named after them, like the Woody Allen sandwich at Carnegie Deli in New York City or the Salma Hayek at Chicago's Hot Doug's. And until recently, North Park's Toronado had an entire section of menu items named after metal bands (the High on Fire burger was pretty brutal).

Since this is CityBeat's drink issue, we had some signature cocktails made in honor of our favorite local bands. Nick Meyers, the bartender responsible for the five libations included here, slings craft cocktails at South Park's Alchemy (1503 30th St.), a restaurant that's earned its indie cred. On Thursday nights, it hosts Bring Your Own Vinyl, during which patrons can spin their favorite LPs, brought from home. Plus, its bar menu boasts a drink called the Bitter Bison, formerly known as the Bitter Buffalo, whose name comes from a Modest Mouse lyric. And now the drinks:

The Album Leaf: 1.5 oz. Zaya 12-year-old Trinidad rum, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 3/4 oz. simple syrup, 3/4 oz. Dubonnet Rouge, egg white.

Serve in pint glass, and garnish with lemon wheel and mint sprig.

The Black Heart Procession: Malbec, 1 oz. brandy, 3/4 oz. vanilla-star anise simple syrup, 10 drops Moroccan bitters.

Serve in Collins glass and garnish with orange wheel.

Cuckoo Chaos: 1.5 oz. Plymouth Gin, 1 oz. Aperol, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 3 dashes dandelion / burdock bitters, ginger beer and fresh ginger.

Serve in Collins glass and garnish with lemon chip and candied ginger 

Hot Snakes: 2 oz. Fortaleza Blanca, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. honey simple syrup, serrano peppers and grapefruit soda.

Serve in Collins glass and garnish with serrano and lime wheel.

No Knife: 1.5 oz. Plymouth gin, 1 oz. Cynar, 1 oz. Carpano Antica vermouth.

Serve in martini glass and garnish with orange chip.

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