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Cocktail Creators: Chase Gebhart of Denver’s Saint Ellie

Chase Gebhart, bartender at the beloved Denver speakeasy Saint Ellie, which closed its doors in December 2019, talks cocktails and shares his drink recipe for the Dark N Roasty.

DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending?

Gebhart: What I enjoy most about bartending is the opportunity to connect with people I would never normally meet. I get to have people from many different places and backgrounds available to engage with.

DiningOut: What goes into creating a great cocktail?

Gebhart: Creating a great cocktail is all about balance and using different ingredients and flavors to create something greater than the individual parts. I like to keep things as simple as possible while making something that tastes complex.

DiningOut: What is the inspiration for this cocktail?

Gebhart: My inspiration for the Dark N Roasty was the classic Dark N Stormy, a well-known drink that has dark rum, lime juice, and ginger beer. For my version, I added some coffee and pecan bitters to bring a more wintery feeling to the drink while keeping it spicy and refreshing.

The Cocktail: Dark N Roasty

Key Ingredient: Myers’s Original Dark rum

In an ice-filled shaker, add 1 1/2 ounces Myers’s Original Dark rum, 3/4 ounce ginger syrup, 1/2 lime juice, and 4 dashes of coffee pecan bitters, then shake until very cold. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Photos and video by Brent Andeck of Andeck Photography