Here’s Bourbon Steak Bartender Duane Sylvestre Making a Valentine’s Cocktail “Built for Two” (Video)

A clever rye whiskey concoction to share with the one you love.

By: Jessica Voelker

Nothing says “I love you” like a really good whiskey cocktail, an idea put into practice at the Four Seasons, which recently ran its first live virtual drinks class. Bartenders from the tony hotel chain’s various bars—Cory Cuff from St. Louis, Adrian Ross-Boon of Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore—presented Valentine’s Day drinks with a rye whiskey base.

Representing DC was Bourbon Steak’s Duane Sylvestre, who got creative with a cocktail recipe “built for two” called the Adam and Eve. Sylvestre mixes two ounces of rye, an ounce and a half of Cointreau, Peychaud’s bitters, and Dale DeGroff’s pimento bitters into a glass and gives them a good stir. He divides the mixture into two glasses—a rocks glass and a Champagne flute. The Adam drink goes into the rocks glass, and the flute gets a topper of Champagne to create the Eve portion of the cocktail. Sylvestre even adds some on-theme garnishes for the occasion. There’s plenty of great technique demoed here, too, so watch on.

Shake Stir Taste: Duane from Toy Box Productions on Vimeo.