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cocktail garnished with orange peel and cherries

Cocktail Inspiration Brilliance & Consequence


The connection of the brilliant Sam Brannan, and the consequences of his time with Lola Montez. This spirituous libation features our Fame & Misfortune Port Strength Rye with a Mulled Buena Vista port and bitters.


  • 2 ounces Fame & Misfortune Cask Strength Rye
  • 3⁄4 ounce Mulled Buena Vista Port*
  • 1⁄4 ounce Benedictine
  • 2 dashes Toasted Oak bitters
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  • *Mulled Buena Vista Port ‎
  • 500 ml. Buena Vista Port
  • 50 ml. Water
  • 50 ml. Calistoga Star 7 year
  • 20 grams Cloves
  • 10 grams Cinnamon sticks
  • 4 ea. Star Anise
  • 2 ea. Vanilla pods - sliced
  • 30 grams Orange slices
  • 25 grams Lemon Peel


  • Orange Peel
  • Cherries


Mulled Buena Vista Port

Combine the spices into a sauce pot and put over medium heat. Toast the spices until the become aromatic, then add the rest of the ingredients starting with the liquids. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container for 48 hours refrigerated, then strain the mixture through fine mesh. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Brilliance & Consequence Cocktail

Combine all ingredients in a mixing jar, add ice, and stir for 15 seconds until thoroughly chilled and properly diluted. Strain cocktail in a martini glass, express an orange peel over the top of the cocktail and garnish with cherries.

Fame & Misfortune Cask Strength bottle and glass