By Alison Bailin Batz / Photo by Debby Wolvos
With a subtle nod to the pop culture hit, The Big Lebowski, The Bar is a friendly neighborhood joint that strives to always provide the very best guest experience, great food, and satisfying drinks in a casual and welcoming environment.
The Dudebro ($10) is one cocktail that exceptionally fits in line with the movie and it’s white Russian-loving protagonist “The Dude,” who was famously played by Jeff Bridges in the cult classic.
The base of the cocktail is Absolut Vodka, which is made by blending vodka with only natural flavors – and no added sugars.
“We add the vodka to the shaker along with St. George Spirit’s NOLA Coffee Liqueur, a robust spirit that has all the flavor of cold-brew coffee,” says Gabe Chavez, mixologist and bar manager. “Think of it like Kahlua’s big brother.”
Chavez then adds in Bailey’s Irish Cream, the iconic Irish whiskey- and cream-based liqueur, for richness and sweetness.
“But don’t be fooled by the taste! In fact, at 17 percent alcohol by volume, it’s a sneaky strong addition to any drink, despite its sweet flavor,” Chavez warns.
While many drinks containing Bailey's then have something added to balance the alcohol – such as a lemon, bitters, or soda – this is not the case with the Dudebro.
“Literally, this is a cocktail made entirely with spirits,” says Chavez, who takes all the ingredients and shakes them hard until he gets a tiny froth at the top of the shaker.
Finally, he strains the contents into a highball glass over ice and garnishes it with edible espresso beans for texture.
The Bar Phoenix, 3174 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.957.3686; www.thebarphx.com.