Gulf Sunset

Chuck Cook, photographer and passionate cocktail crafter, created this stunning cocktail for Edible Houston’s Spirits Issue. St-Germain is a liqueur flavored with elderflowers and Combier is an orange liqueur. The Luxardo cherry gives it a dramatic finish with its deep burgundy, almost black color. Sponsored by Railean.

August 30, 2016


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass over ice cubes; stir to chill and dilute. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Add a Luxardo cherry and garnish with an orange twist.

Let the coffee grounds steep in the water in the refrigerator, for at least 12 and up to 24 hours. Strain using a French press.

*You can use locally made Caphin Black (available in Central Market and Phoenicia Specialty Foods) or you can make your own


  • 1 ounce Railean Spiced Rum
  • ½ ounce Combier (can substitute Cointreau)
  • ½ ounce St-Germain
  • 1 ounce cold-brew coffee concentrate*
  • Luxardo cherry
  • Orange twist
  • ½ cup coffee, ground for a French press (about 110 g)
  • 2 cups cold water
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