• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Brian Gaudet of Waterbar

Brian Gaudet, bar manager at Waterbar, creates his take on the Tequila Sunrise, utilizing mezcal and grapefruit juice. On this episode of Behind the Stick, Brian shares his recipe for his delicious tart, smokey and balanced libation called Queen Anne's Revenge.

Queen Anne's Revenge


1 oz Ilegal Mezcal .25 oz Cherry Heering (float) 1oz IPA 3 dashes Peychaud's bitters .5 oz Lemon Juice .5 oz Grapefruit Juice .5 oz Agave dehydrated half grapefruit wheel

What's the story behind the Queen Anne's Revenge?

I knew we needed a mezcal cocktail on our menu. It is one of the fastest growing spirits categories in the world (over 300% growth since 2011). The idea behind the drink was to be the "evil stepsister" of the classic Tequila Sunrise. Grapefruit pairs well with mezcal so it made sense to use that instead of orange juice. In place of grenadine I chose to layer Cherry Heering and Peychaud's bitters to create a similar visual effect, yet a much more flavorful and balanced cocktail. The final piece was the IPA, which makes the drink more refreshing and a lot less harsh on the palate, allowing it to pair better with food, specifically seafood. As far as the name goes, we decided to stick with the nautical theme for all cocktail names. Once I noticed the garnish looked like a ship's sail I set out to find a bad ass pirate ship to name the cocktail after.

Describe the taste.

Queen Anne's Revenge is tart, smoky and balanced.

What's the key component of this drink?

There isn't one key component. Everything comes together to create a flavor profile that is balanced, yet not overly complex.