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The Commonwealth


For the black pepper syrup:

¼ cup black peppercorns

¾ cup Sichuan peppercorns

1 ounce amaro

3 cups vodka

For the sorghum coffee:

½ cup sorghum

½ cup strong brewed coffee, cooled

For the Commonwealth:

1½ ounces bourbon (Angel’s Envy recommended)

¼ ounce black pepper syrup

½ ounce sorghum coffee

2 dashes Angostura Pinch of salt

2 ounces Ale-8-One

Garnish: Lemon peel


  1. Make the black pepper syrup: Toast peppercorns; set aside to cool. Coarsely grind peppercorns, then combine in a large container with amaro and vodka. Let steep for at least 2 hours, then strain through a coffee filter. Store in a cool, dark place.
  2. Make the sorghum coffee: Combine ingredients until sorghum is fully incorporated into coffee.
  3. Assemble the drink: In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients except soda and stir well. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice, top with soda, and garnish with lemon peel.

From Your New Derby Day Drink.