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Stirring Up Spirits

We asked five local bartenders to create original cocktails commemorating fascinating moments in Richmond's past. Here's what they came up with.



In Case of Emergency

Created by Bobby Kruger of Julep's

After the Church Hill railroad collapse in 1925, the story is told of a blood-covered creature with jagged teeth and skin hanging from its muscular body that emerged from the cave-in and raced toward the James River. Pursued by a group of men, the creature took refuge in Hollywood Cemetery, where it disappeared in a mausoleum built into a hillside bearing the name W.W. Pool. It is said that the Richmond Vampire is what emerged from the wreckage. Later it was speculated to be a badly mutilated railroad fireman. No one seems sure about either theory.



1½ ounces Hendrick's Gin

¼ ounce Green Chartreuse

¼ ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur

¾ ounce roasted garlic simple syrup

½ ounce fresh lime juice

2 dashes sunlight bitters (cardamom, saffron and turmeric-based bitters aged in constant sunlight for two weeks)


Stars and Bars

Created by Chris Simons of Lemaire

"Lee has arrived, and our hopes are high that we will wipe them clean out this time. Lee has an army great in numbers and spirit, and I believe he will wield it greatly. He is silent, inscrutable, strong, like a god." — Lt. John H. Chamberlayne, Virginia Artillery, CSA, Aug. 15, 1862

Said shortly after Gen. Robert E. Lee drove the invading Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, away from Richmond and into a retreat down the Virginia Peninsula, suffering more than 20,000 casualties compared with approximately 16,000 suffered by the Union.


2 ounces Sazerac 6th Rye

¼ ounce Plymouth Sloe Gin

¼ ounce house-made limeade

¼ ounce star anise and white pepper syrup

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