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Meet Alfred! Cocktail Recipe by Javier Villaneuva of the Wildflower Squad

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds


  • 2 oz Gin mare
  • .5 oz lemon
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • 3 mint leaves
  • Mist rose water

Gin has a wide-ranging taste profile, from crisp, juniper-laden London Dry to malty, whiskey-like Genever.

Gin’s popularity took off in 1688 when the Dutch William of Orange assumed the English throne. At the time, England was at war with France and the British government issued an embargo on French wine and spirits. In response, individuals began distilling their own alcohol—grain was cheap and plentiful and a genever-like spirit was easy to make.

Enjoy the good vibes.

Add all ingredients [except rose water] to your shaker tin, add ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Fine strain, mist glassware with rose water, and garnish with mint.

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  • Javier Villaneuva

    I started off working for non-profits, then teaching at charter schools in marginalized communities throughout Chicago, Oakland, CA and Portland, Oregon. My passion for learning, teaching and history is undeniable, but I was struggling financially, so I began moonlighting as a bartender just to make ends meet, and unexpectedly fell madly in love with every aspect of the bar business. For my squad and I, it is about so much more than making a great cocktail. It’s about memories, music, history and sharing those moments, ensuring you embrace the present, reflect on the past and securing a bright future. Javier is the President/Historian for The Wildflower Squad which is Bartending Service for Private Events as well as offering consulting for Bar owners.

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