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A Seat at the Bar: Four experts tell us what to sip, stir and shake in August 2017
By Glenn Bardgett, Katie Herrera and Ted and Jamie Kilgore
Posted On: 08/01/2017   

Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao is our favorite orange liqueur. While most offer only straight orange flavor, Pierre Ferrand’s emulates an older style, incorporating an herb and spice blend that lends complexity, depth and richness to its lush orange flavor. Not too cloying, it’s made with barrel-aged toasted sugar to ensure that even its sweetness is rich and complex. Try it in a classic Sidecar: In an ice-filled shaker, combine 2 ounces cognac, 1 ounce Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao and ¾ ounce lemon juice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. $31. The Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Ave., Clayton, 314.863.6262, winemerchantltd.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planter’s House

I wasn’t expecting to find an interesting new wine in Cuba, Missouri, on a recent Route 66 road trip, but that’s where I discovered Old Soul wines from Lodi, California. Solidly made and nicely packaged, the 2015 Old Soul Lodi Pinot Noir kept me sipping. The unusual blend with Lodi’s flagship zinfandel added some weight and juicy concentration to the wine. $10. Lukas Wine & Spirits, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543, lukasliquorstl.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunn’s

The intense heat of last-minute August barbecues call for refreshing and delicate Belgian-style wits. Straw yellow with high carbonation that keeps the beer dancing in your glass, witbiers showcase a pleasant bready aroma highlighted by soft spice, citrus, clove and coriander. Unibroue Blanche de Chambly is an exquisite French Canadian ode to this Belgian tradition, complete with notes of wheat, citrus, spice and honey perfected by a clean, dry finish. Six-pack: $10. Craft Beer Cellar, 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.222.2444, craftbeercellar.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar

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