"4x4" Cocktail

July 14, 2015 09:30
Recipe By: Jeff Wilson, Barkeep, Austin, TX
Makes 1 Cocktail
This recipe was submitted as part of the official Tales Of the Cocktail Competition 2015, New Orleans, LA, USA 


Glass Used: Old Fashioned



½ oz Bayou Satsuma Rum Liqueur
½ oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
½ oz Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
½ oz Flor de Caña Anejo Oro


3 Dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

3 Dashes Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

2 Dashes Fee Brothers Cardamom Bitters

2 Dashes Fee Brothers Plum Bitters


½ oz Lavender Syrup

½ oz Fee Brothers Rose Water

½ oz Wild Hibiscus Heart-tee Hibiscus

2 Mint Leaves 


½ oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

½ oz White Grape Juice

1 Amarena Fabbri Cherry



- Combine all ingredients except mint and cherry in a glass

- Lightly bruise mint in fingertips and smear around rim of an Old Fashioned glass

- Drop mint in glass

- Combine mixed ingredients in frozen drink machine (or use the Vitamix method)

- Pour into the mint-rubbed Old Fashioned glass

- Place cherry on top



- Pour 1 cup of water into a Vitamix

- Fill Vitamix with 20 ice cubes per drink

- Blend on lowest setting for 30 seconds or until it doesn’t appear to be blending and has a snow-like consistency

- Use tamp to push down any large ice clumps to bottom

- Add 1/2 cup water and re-blend as needed if large chunks persist

- Place 2 ice cream scoops of “snow” in the mint-rubbed Old Fashioned glass

- Pour combined liquids on top of “snow”

- Place cherry on top


Amarena Fabbri Cherry


Every year, I make a new original cocktail for my birthday named after my age. Each year attempts to tie the concept of the drink to my age, my life, or something contextual. On May 20, I will be 44. It is somewhat obnoxious to include 16 ingredients in a cocktail but I feel I have reached an age where being obnoxious with disregard for "the way it should be done" is matched only by former teenager self. Plus, I like the sound of the "4x4".