Best New Cocktail

Green Bitch at Velveteen Rabbit



An unexpected favorite on the menu at Downtown’s newest cocktail bar, Velveteen Rabbit, co-owner Pamela Dylag’s Green Bitch employs fresh celery juice as the ideal mate for the vegetal complexity of Chartreuse. That high-proof French herbal liqueur takes its color from the chlorophyll in its 130 constituent herbs. Also in the mix: Liquore Strega (literally, “witch”), an Italian herbal digestivo redolent of saffron, fennel and mint. Delicate, deceivingly boozy and balanced, the Green Bitch is described by one patron as “a train ride through India.”

Green Bitch Recipe

In a mixing glass, combine 1 ounce green Chartreuse, 1/2 ounce Strega, 1/2 ounce fresh celery juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1/2 ounce egg white and 1 drop The Bitter End Curry Bitters. Cover and dry-shake (without ice). Add ice, cover and shake again. Strain into a chilled 3 1/2-ounce cocktail coupe.

$8, 1218 S. Main St.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.