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Bartender Diaries: Staci Perry and the Old Yeller Cocktail

Editor’s Note: This is a regular series of articles about bartenders (both professional and home enthusiasts) and the inspirations and fun behind their creations. We are delighted to share their stories! Interested in sharing yours? Simply email us at unchartedwine@gmail.com!

2020 caused us all to re-evaluate our hobbies, and home bar enthusiast Staci Perry chose cocktails as her quarantine project. As she states "in April of 2020, one month into COVID quarantine, I watched Stanley Tucci make a Negroni on Instagram, and I thought, “How cool. He put so much care into a few ounces of tastiness in a pretty glass. Too bad I don’t like cocktails.” But then I remembered that I didn’t even really know if I liked cocktails or not, because I’d never really tried them. So I decided to make it a project to learn more about mixed drinks."

She then started the Drinky-Drink Project, gradually adding more bottles to her bar. She has since enrolled in online bartending school and become a certified mixologist. Her full time job is YouTube knitting teacher and pattern designer, and she brings an artists' eye to her creations and photographs. Follow her Instagram here.

Old Yeller

1.5 oz Old Tom Gin (note: read about Old Tom Gin here)

1 oz Yellow Chartreuse

1 oz lemon juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

splash St-Germain

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice.

Strain into a chilled couple glass.

Express oils from lemon peel on the surface and around the glass, garnish with lemon peel and fresh thyme.

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