Sallie Gardner

A bold cross between a traditional mint julep and a Black Manhattan

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Sallie Gardner at a Gallop, also known as The Horse in Motion, is the name of the English artist Eadweard Muybridge’s 1878 experiment in photography—one of the world’s first forays into motion pictures. When bartender Matt Lofink of the esteemed New Orleans cocktail lounge Cure was brainstorming this bold cross between a classic Derby Day mint julep and the Black Manhattan, which uses Averna (a dark Sicilian liqueur) instead of the traditional sweet vermouth, Muybridge’s groundbreaking equestrian study provided the creative springboard.


  • For the cocktail:

    • 1½ parts Maker's Mark® bourbon

    • ½ part B. Lo Nardini® Amaro liqueur

    • 1 tsp. orgeat syrup

    • 7 mint leaves

    • 1 dash Regan's® orange bitters

    • 1 lemon swath

  • For the garnish:

    • 1 fresh mint sprig


  1. Put all ingredients except lemon swath into a julep cup, fill halfway with crushed ice, and stir until outside of tin becomes slightly frosted.

  2. Express the lemon swath and drop into cup. Top with crushed ice and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

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Meet the Bartender:

While vacationing in 2014, the South Jersey native and longtime bartender Matt Lofink wandered into New Orleans’ James Beard Award–nominated Cure for an afternoon drink and ended up behind the bar. Four years later, he’s still there, visiting with guests and crafting cocktails with the signature creativity that has made Cure a fixture on the national drinks scene.