Solemn John Cocktail
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About this Cocktail

In honor of Halloween, the Hotel Monteleone’s barkeeps devised a series of cocktails named for their permanent guests. One in particular caught our eye—Solemn John, named for a 1920s businessman from Tennessee who’s said to still wander the premises. It’s a creamy, whiskey-laced fall libation with a bit of pear liqueur and a touch of cinnamon. It works great with bourbon, or try it with rye for a little extra bite. Either way, it makes a perfect treat for a grown-up Halloween party, even if the only real spirits around are in your glass.


  • 1¼ oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 oz Mathilde Pear Liqueur
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 oz half and half
  • Dash of cinnamon

Place all liquid ingredients in a Boston shaker with ice, and shake until well chilled and blended. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and serve with a dusting of cinnamon.


Brandon Herring


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