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Derek Alexander
After nearly a decade of pouring drinks and paying dues on the Chicago cocktail scene, Derek Alexander has arrived. Carving out his voice in the reclaimed wood and rustic confines of Longman & Eagle located in the Logan Square neighborhood, Derek builds cocktails that focus on old-school recipes, contemporary cooking technique and locally sourced ingredients.

A veteran of Blackbird and The Bristol, Derek earned his chops under the tutelage of Steven Carrow. In between his intensive trainings at Bristol and “The Bird” he spent the summer of 2008 studying the style and finesse of Tokyo’s elaborate cocktail scene.

Now, at the lead of Longman’s 100 plus whiskeys, a laundry list of bitters and other fine spirits, Derek offers weekly drink specials, a regular rotation of unique, exceptional cocktails and plenty of “whiskey for drinking.”

BLACK SEAL SWIZZLE (created by Derek Alexander)
2oz. Gosling's Black Seal Rum
1/4oz. Bitter Truth Kraüter Liquor EXR
1/2oz. fresh lime juice
1/2oz. gomme syrup
10 mint Leaves
crushed ice
mint for garnish

Place the 10 mint leaves in the drinking vessel. Add the lime and gomme syrup and gently muddle the mint leaves with a bar spoon to gently extract the mint oils without tearing the mint to shreds. Add crushed ice. Pour in the Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Kraüter Liquor over the ice. Churn your swizzle stick or bar spoon in the vessel until it creates a bit of frost. Take a stalk of mint garnish with mint leaves.

Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Tel: 773.276.7110


BLACK SEAL SWIZZLE (created by Derek Alexander)

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