Robby Haynes – Landing Apparatus

On January 26, 2014 by Paul

IMG_3945This wasn’t some gimmick to get readers at Chicagoist, Haynes literally was creating the cocktail as I was doing the shoot with him. It’s tough for continuity when editing, but still very cool to watch a top-notch bartender at work.

Haynes announced his departure from Violet Hour a few weeks after my shoot with him and it was interesting to look back and realize that when I asked him about the future of the cocktail bar in Chicago, he was already thinking of his new place, Analogue (which you should check out as soon as you can).

Viewing a cocktail menu, and seeing the cocktails that are being offered, we don’t always know the amount of work that goes into the creation of each cocktail.

Sure, there are the cocktails that go from paper to glass quickly, but bartenders see those times as rare.

Most cocktails go through many changes and alterations until they are deemed worthy enough to appear on a menu.

Further, when the cocktail is being created for one of the top cocktail bars in the country — one that helped set the stage for Chicago’s cocktail culture — the work making it can be even more intense.

So when we walked into a shoot, we saw Violet Hour head bartender Robbie Haynes was going off on a concept about a cocktail that used Aperol.

As he worked through the shoot, Haynes tweaked things here and there. The result was a very delicious cocktail that uses Suntory, the Japanese whiskey.

A week later, Haynes emailed us with the cocktail’s final version — one that still used the same ingredients.
Haynes, however, had changed everything, from the name of the cocktail to the ratios and preparation. The video shows this early “research” but the recipe below is what you will see prepared if you order it at Violet Hour.

The great “Endless Summer II” name that Haynes uses in the video will have to wait for another cocktail. The name he chose, “Landing Apparatus” is a nod to Sammy J. Ross’ “Paper Plane” cocktail.
We definitely recommend you head to Violet Hour soon since Haynes will be working just a few more shifts before he leaves for a new soon-to-be-announced venture. His last shift is Monday, Aug. 12.

Landing Apparatus
1 ounce Yamazaki Suntory 12 yr
1 ounce Aperol
0.75 ounce lemon Juice
0.25 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
0.50 simple syrup
1 dash Yuzu bitters

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin and add ice. Shake and strain over a large ice cube and garnish with a mint sprig.

Robby Haynes (The Violet Hour) – Landing Apparatus Cocktail from Chicago Cocktail Chronicles on Vimeo.

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