As Eater and the NY Times have both reported, long-time New Yorker and bartending legend Jim Meehan is packing up his bar tools and moving to Portland. Though he’s a Midwesterner by blood, Jim has been a staple in the NYC bar community, and has created two of the world’s most iconic cocktail bars, PDT and Death & Co. He’s written for countless publications, including Food & Wine and GQ, published his own books, and even created the most over-the-top, One Percenter bar carryall out there (if you’ve got $800 to spare, that is).
But Jim isn’t one of my favorite bartenders for those reasons, it’s because he’s a great guy. Part Midwestern Nice, part Bar Nerd, he’s been one of my favorite people to work with here in New York. New York will miss him, but Portland is lucky to be getting one of the country’s best.
In honor of his impending departure, I’ll be mixing a drink in his honor tonight. It’s an Arnold Palmer riff he created for a Canadian Whisky event we worked on together last year. The perfect drink to toast to him tonight on this balmy summer day.
Cheers to you, and happy trails!
TORONTO ICED TEA
- 3 oz. Strong Brewed Iced Tea (Jim recommends Ceylon Iced Tea from In Pursuit of Tea)
- 1.25 oz. Crown Royal Canadian Whisky (or other Canadian Whisky)
- .5 oz. Lemon Juice
- .5 oz. Simple Syrup
- .25 oz. Fernet Branca
Stir and strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with half an orange wheel.