Cocktail: Darwin’s Demise | Bartender: Emily Copeland

I created Darwin’s Demise in September 2017 for Mulberry Bar. I was experimenting with a cocktail called The American Trilogy (2007) from the New York bar Little Branch. It uses orange bitters, Applejack, Rye and sugar. In Darwin’s Demise, the orange bitters and Calvados (French apple brandy) make it a nice ‘juicy’ drink; fino sherry adds nuttiness and sharpness, while ancho chili liqueur adds a spicy layer to the finish. Monkey Shoulder is the blended scotch that ties the drink together, and lends itself to the name.

Cocktail: Darwin’s Demise | Bartender Atlas

2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
1/8 oz gomme syrup
1/4 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1/4 oz Fino Sherry
1/2 oz Calvados
1/2 oz Blended Scotch (I used Monkey Shoulder)

Stir, strain, and serve in a small coupe. A thin apple slice for garnish.


Emily Copeland
In 2018, I’ve been working in hospitality and behind a bar in Toronto for about 6 years on the whole and feel lucky to have had the chance to learn from some of the best in the business. I have a background in public relations, radio and events, and I can’t live without good music!
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