Satan's Circus

This cocktail comes to us from the NoMad Hotel Bar and it was invented by acclaimed bartender Leo Robitschek. The NoMad is located in the 'Tenderloin' neighborhood of NYC and that is where the name comes from. Back in the 19th century, this area was commonly referred to as 'Satan's Circus' due to the concentration of bars, brothels, and possibly other unsavory activities. We suggest you give it go and see where you end up...

  • 2oz rye whiskey (we went with Bulleit)
  • .75oz Cherry Heering
  • .75oz chile-Infused Aperol
    (easy to make- see below)
  • .75oz lemon juice


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well for a good 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a dried arbol pepper.


Infusing the Aperol:
Pick up a red thai bird chile pepper, cut it in half and let one half sit (with it's seeds) in a glass of 5-6 ounces of Aperol for 15-20 minutes (we let it sit for 45 mins to pump up the heat). Give it a stir and remove the half pepper and you have chile-infused Aperol. If you cannot find a red thai bird chile pepper you can use another hot pepper, but please make it something more exciting than a jalapeno! 

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