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The Cocktail College Podcast: The Art of Choke

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Once you’ve learned the rules, it’s time to break ‘em. This may seem like an odd statement from a highly lauded educational institution like “Cocktail College,” but the proof very much lies in the savory, punny pudding that is today’s drink: the Art of Choke.

In the early days of the legendary Chicago bar The Violet Hour, bartender Kyle Davidson cast aside the industry-wide notion that the use of fresh citrus demands a “shaken over stirred” path of cocktail preparation, and the result of his left-field approach turned out to be one of the most intriguing choices in the modern canon.

On this episode of “Cocktail College,” we’re joined by none other than Davidson himself to discuss the Art of Choke, his rule-breaking rum, lime, Chartreuse, and Cynar-based stirred drink. Tune in to discover how a “bartender’s choice” order inspired the cocktail, how it’s evolved since then, and why he’s taken it to every subsequent bar he worked at.

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The Art of Choke Recipe


⅛ ounce lime juice
⅛ ounce Demerara syrup
¼ ounce green Chartreuse (heavy pour)
1 ounce neutral white rum
1 ounce Cynar (heavy pour)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: mint sprigs


Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with 2 sprigs of mint.
Muddle and steep for 30 seconds.
Fill with ice and stir until chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube.
Garnish with additional mint sprigs.

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