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American Surrealist is a Work of Art at Zero Cafe + Bar

During Cocktail Week 2015, Eater will share a new drink every day and the origin of the libation. Think of it as "Behind the Cocktail" with local bartenders. Today, Charlie Bolin from Zero Cafe + Bar shares the story behind the American Surrealist.

American Surrealist at Zero Cafe + Bar
American Surrealist at Zero Cafe + Bar
Eater Charleston
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

The American Surrealist cocktail at Zero Cafe + Bar came from the mind of bartender Charlie Bolin as he observed the vibrant work of artist Richard Hagerty. To pay homage to the painter's upcoming exhibit at the Charleston City Gallery, Bolin tweaked the classic whiskey sour into something more artful.

Bolin combines Bulleit rye whiskey, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, a lavender simple syrup, a few dashes of Bittermen's orange bitters, and a bit of liquid salt solution, which will add flavor to the foam created by the egg white added next. "The egg white mellows out the sour flavor and makes everything cohesive," explains Bolin. He dry shakes the ingredients (without ice) to froth up the beverage and then adds ices and shakes a few more times. After letting the drink settle, Bolin floats Cabernet Sauvignon on top to give the cocktail the same visual punch as Hagerty's paintings.

American Surrealist and Bolin can be found at Zero Cafe + Bar at 0 George St.

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