For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team’s hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
Named after the Carolina Panthers’ signature dab move, Kindred bartender Blake Pope uses small-batch gin from nearby Sutler’s Spirit Co. in Winston-Salem, N.C., to make this variation on a Tom Collins. “This drink is served long, packs a mean punch and has a nasty bite,” says Pope.
Add the gin, sherry, lemon juice and honey syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until chilled.
Strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice, top with strawberry shrub, and garnish with a thyme sprig.
*Honey syrup: Add .25 cup water and .5 cup honey to a small saucepan over medium heat, and stir until the honey completely melts. Strain into a jar and seal with a lid.
**Strawberry shrub: You can buy on here or make your own. Combine 1 pint of freshly juiced strawberry juice (strained), 8 oz of 1:1 simple syrup and 8 oz of apple cider vinegar, shake and let sit refrigerated overnight. Makes approximately 1 quart.