The vibe at the Record Bar is relaxed and Janelle Mead has the easy motion of a relaxed bartender. On a Friday afternoon, everyone in the bar seems there to do two things -- sip a drink and meet up with somebody.
"You come here for the people. I live in Liberty and make that drive. I love my bosses," says Mead.
This October, she'll have been at the Record Bar for two years. She spent seven years before that slinging drinks at The Classic Cup.
"For me, it's about being creative with what is already behind the bar," says Mead.
Janelle's manning the taps during the day on Monday to Friday. If you want a specialty drink, request the mystery shot.
When Fat City asked her to invent a drink, she drew inspiration from an Elderflower Liqueur from St. Germain she's been using for cocktails this summer.
"This is a really refreshing drink. I didn't just want to keep using raspberry vodka when somebody came in asking for a sweet drink," Mead explains.
The recipe's after the jump.
The Edelweiss is a light drink that's not too sweet. The right cocktail for when you need an easy porch drink.
1 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz Hendricks Gin (or other premium gin -- Hendrick's is Mead's preference)
All these over ice in a cocktail glass. Squeeze in two lemon wedges. Fill with soda water, garnish with lemon wedge or peel.
Mead asks you to please enjoy responsibly.