The Enlightened Traveler

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Drink Issue: June 2014
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Mixologist Brian Godwin might not know it, but travel guru Lee Abbamonte is his muse. At 35, Abbamonte claims to be the youngest American to have visited every country in the world, racking up 300-plus passport stamps. Similarly, Godwin packs a fair amount of globetrotting into The Enlightened Traveler, his exotic spiced cocktail at The Gladly. Inspired by the image of a turn-of-the-century steamer trunk plastered with visa stickers, Godwin mingles bold notes of clove and leather that evoke travels ranging from African safaris to Indian bazaars.

Start with 1 1/2 oz. Zacapa Solera rum and 1 oz. Amaro Montenegro over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Add 1 oz. chai tea sweetened with brown sugar and two dashes Angostura bitters, a secret herb-infused elixir created in 1824 and rumored to contain more than 45 herbs and spices. Stir, garnish with orange peel and imagine yourself in a faraway land.

The Gladly
2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-759-8132