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The Dead Hand

Written by Shelby Moore Category: Drink Issue: December 2016
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The Dead Hand

A round of applause. A pat on the back. A high five.

None of these things is possible when you’ve got a dead hand — but all are highly likely after drinking The Dead Hand cocktail, mixed by surgeon-steady Clever Koi mixologists. Belying its moribund name, this lively elixir of blackberry, tequila, citrus and almond will brighten your winter tippling.

At the bottom of a tall glass, muddle blackberries and fresh sage. Add 1/2 oz. each of Bénédictine herbal liqueur, Giffard almond syrup and lemon juice. Load the glass with crushed ice and add 1 1/2 oz. floral Arette Blanco Tequila. Float 1 oz. grapefruit juice and a few dashes of Pernod on top. Garnish with fresh blackberries and sage. Sprinkle with fennel pollen, and wait for the applause and backslaps to begin.

Clever Koi

4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

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