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Step up to the Voodoo Down, a Rum and Bourbon Classic at Eleven Madison Park

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Welcome to a special Cocktail Week edition of The Hot Dish, a behind the scenes look at the making of the dishes (and in this case drinks) of the moment. Up now, Eleven Madison Park head bartender James Betz makes the Voodoo Down cocktail.

Though most drink mixing takes place behind the bar instead of in the kitchen, the process that goes into making cocktails as some of New York's most refined establishments can involve just as menu steps and ingredients as a dish off the menu. Here, Eleven Madison Park head bartender James Betz makes the Voodoo Down, a rum and bourbon cocktail that he describes as "light and refreshing but with some spicy qualities". A concoction of house made ginger and honey syrups, fresh lemon juice, two kinds of bitters, St. Germain liquor, Old Forester bourbon and The Scarlet Ibis rum, this cocktail requires slicing, straining, measuring, and the use of a stove.

Also, for those who are wondering, the name of the drink comes from the Miles Davis song "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" from the Bitches Brew album. Watch as Betz makes one of the restaurants most popular and longest running cocktails.

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10010 (212) 889-0905 Visit Website

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