If you have a thirst for a new cocktail, then how about one that honors local history? The 23-Star Salute is poised to become the signature drink of downtown Pensacola, commemorating the annexation of Florida by the United States that spawned the city’s American heritage. But before ordering one, you need to learn the back story. If you’re old enough to remember when the state’s public schools taught a Florida History class in the fourth and 11th grades, then you should recall that historic day when Florida became a territory of the United States. General Jackson presided over the annexation ceremony in our very own Plaza Ferdinand on July 17, 1821. Pensacola, a collateral orphan under British, French and Spanish rule, had changed hands for the final time.
The 23-Star Salute
1 ½ ounce rye whiskey
1 ounce brandy
½ ounce triple sec
2 dashes orange bitters liqueur
Muddled orange slice, cherry, ½ ounce honey, ½ ounce lime juice, ½ ounce simple syrup