Make Dot Dot Dot’s Queen City Swizzle

The Lowdown

Dot Dot Dot isn’t open yet, but it may as well be: Stefan Huebner is sure to be the beating heart of this reclusive speakeasy, and he’s showing no signs of slowing his outpouring of love for the quickly maturing cocktail scene he helped to rear. Dot Dot Dot will boast a menu of locally sourced classics done right—one that showcases all that Stefan has learned in the 25 years he’s spent honing his craft.

The Queen City Swizzle is a drink that’s sure to find its way onto Stefan’s new list, if only because he’d be hard-pressed to craft another Dragon Moonshine Silver Rum drink that’ll top this one. Swizzles aren’t done overmuch in Charlotte these days, but Stefan’s winning grin and flashy long pour should help them make a swift comeback. This Queen’s-Park-style rendering of the beverage practically screams warm weather with its breezy balance of fresh mint, tart citrus, and angostura. But it’s in the thoughtful sourcing that the Queen City Swizzle dodges convention: The Dot Dot Dot drink deftly uses the velvety mixture of Charlotte rum and South Carolina honey to bring this island drink inland. Stefan Huebner is invested in his home…and every sip says so. 

The Ingredients

7 leaves fresh mint
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz Dragon Moonshine Silver Rum
3/4 oz Chartreuse
1/2 oz J & J Family Farm honey
3 dashes Angostura orange bitters

The Method

Dry muddle mint in mixing glass
Add lime juice, rum, Chartreuse, honey, and bitters
Pour into collins glass over crushed ice
Garnish with mint leaves