Summer Special: Joshua James & Arizona's First Cocktail

 Joshua James of the Clever Koi, Photo by Mike Portt

Joshua James of the Clever Koi, Photo by Mike Portt

Welcome to a special summer edition of The Feast!

On this special summer episode, we talk to award-winning bartender, Joshua James of the Clever Koi restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona about the long-lost original Arizona state cocktail, aptly named the Statehood. Learn how the cocktail was developed in 1910, a full two years before Arizona was granted statehood, and how it reflected the cocktail drinking spirit of the age. We talk to Joshua about how to update this state classic for the 21st century as well as his own experiences behind the bar in Phoenix. Learn more about the history of Arizona's first cocktail in the summer 2018 edition of Edible Phoenix, which features both the original recipe for the drink and Joshua's 2018 version! 

Written and Produced by Laura Carlson

Sound Engineering by Mike Portt

Special Guest: Joshua James of The Clever Koi at 4236 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona

 Photo by Mike Portt

Photo by Mike Portt

Recipe for The (Original) Arizona Statehood (ca. 1910)

Originally developed by Mike O'Leary, bartender at Phoenix's Ford Hotel

  • Half Jigger (3/4 ounce) Dubonnet Rouge
  • Half Jigger (3/4 ounce) Rye Whiskey
  • Dash of Gum Syrup
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Ale
  • Cherry

Mix together Dubonnet, whiskey, gum, and bitters.
Fill rest of the glass with ginger ale.
Sink a cherry in it. 

 The Ford Hotel in downtown Phoenix, birthplace of the Arizona Statehood Cocktail

The Ford Hotel in downtown Phoenix, birthplace of the Arizona Statehood Cocktail