Makes 1 drink

I served this cocktail for my husband Michael's fortieth birthday party. He was born on June

Drink what you want book cover Drink What You Want John deBary

27, 1969, which is the night when activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera clashed with the police during a raid of the Stonewall Inn, the famous gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. This date is regarded as a watershed moment for the LGBTQIA civil rights movement, and so Michael often refers to himself as a "Stonewall baby." While the name of the drink tells the story of the historical significance of the date, the recipe does not. The ingredients are simply Michael's favorites. So no, the drink is not rainbow-colored, nor do any of the ingredients relate to the Stonewall Riots. It's simply a modified bourbon sour.

This drink is somewhat similar to the Preserves Sour, with the addition of 1/4 ounce of simple syrup, which softens some of the acidity, as well as a dash of bitters, which provides aromatic complexity.


2 ounces bourbon, such as Maker's Mark

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

1 tablespoon blueberry preserves

1 dash Peychaud's bitters

Garnish Lemon peel


In a shaker, combine the drink ingredients. Add ice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon peel, expressed and then perched on the rim.

“Reprinted with permission from Drink What You Want: The Subjective Guide to Making Objectively Delicious Cocktails by John deBary, copyright © 2020. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House.” Illustration copyright: Sarah Tanat-Jones © 2020

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