Recipe | The Cut Gets Poetic

The Cut cocktail lounge in downtown Sylva has deep roots as a former barber shop. Sylva is known for its historic buildings, and The Cut is no exception. Remnants such as the barber boxes used to store hair cutting supplies, shower stalls used by railroad workers, and the plumbed in “wet wall” remain in the 1920s building formerly occupied by Wimpy’s barber shop, which operated for many years. Now open about four years, The Cut owner Jacque Laura is focusing on signature apothecary style cocktails in the location’s basement setting, creating a hip, dark atmosphere perfect for soaking in the local atmosphere. The cocktail menu gets switched out four times a year depending on what ingredients are available locally in season, and beneficial ingredients such as local honey, ginger and others are used.

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“You are getting something in your drink besides soda,” said Laura. “It’s about having a decent cocktail containing local ingredients and words that you can recognize, enjoying a couple drinks rather than having too many drinks.”

Here is the recipe for The Cut’s Poetic Justice drink, which contains honey and bee pollen for allergy relief. Available in the summertime, The Cut also serves a limited menu of food made in house.

Combine in a shaker one shot of Sutler’s gin, 6 ounces orange juice, chamomile honey syrup, and egg white. Serve in a lowball glass with bee pollen garnish floating on top.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .

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