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Ticket's Birthday Cocktails: The Unbridled Spirit from Pangea Lounge

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Brad Coburn at the cocktail laboratory he calls Pangea Lounge.

Brad Coburn of Pangea Lounge (1568 Main St., Sarasota, pangealounge.com) is at the forefront of Sarasota's craft cocktail renaissance, one of the first bartenders in the area to think about drinks the way a creative chef thinks about food. He started SNoB -- a group of like-minded mixologists in the area -- to foster the local scene and his creativity has paid off with victories in cocktail competitions, including an almost-sweep of the Infinium Spirits Cocktail Competition last year, against Tampa's best bartenders.

Try out his take on Ticket's birthday by making it yourself, or sample it at our birthday bash on Thursday (April 25).

And check back for more recipes from places like Darwin's on 4th, State Street Eating House and Shore Diner.

THE UNBRIDLED SPIRIT
By Brad Coburn, Executive Mixologist, Pangea Lounge

Ingredients:
1 ½ ounces Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
½ ounces Demerara syrup*
½ ounces fresh Key lime juice (use regular lime if Key limes are unavailable)
½ ounces fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
3 drops Peychaud’s Bitters
7 leaves and sprig of fresh mint
2 ounces sparkling wine

Method:
Combine Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and 7 mint leaves into a mixing glass and muddle gently.
Combine Demerara Syrup*, fresh Key lime juice, fresh ruby red grapefruit juice and Peychaud’s bitters to the muddled mint bourbon.
Shake the cocktail to ensure that all ingredients are combined
Strain into a Champagne flute. Gently top with sparkling wine
Garnish with a smacked sprig of mint

*DEMERARA SYRUP
Combine 2 parts demerara sugar with 1 part boiling water. Stir until combined. Let cool completely before use.

TICKET TURNS 21 BIRTHDAY PARTY
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 25)
Enjoy music from Kettle of Fish, Les McCurdy on the mic, food, cake, giveaways and cocktail samples from local craft bars.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune building
1741 Main St., Sarasota
$20 tickets available at the door.
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