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How to Make a Delightful Springtime Sip

By Inside Columbia

Photos by L.G. Patterson 

When the days get warmer, I crave a patio cocktail.

This season, I’m switching things up at Barred Owl by adding “The Kuro Neko” to the cocktail menu. Translating to “The Black Cat,” I start by adding mezcal and sherry to one of my favorite Japanese spirits, Nikka gin.

“The Kuro Neko” is my way of enjoying some of the best flavors with a springtime spin. Have a sip the next time you’re ready to sit out on the patio.

Frances Harvey is the bar manager at Barred Owl Butcher& Table.

The Kuro Neko


  • 1 ounce Nikka gin
  • 1 ounce La Luna mezcal
  • 3/4 ounces Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 3/4 ounces Barbadillo sherry
  • 1/4 ounces agave


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a coupe or Nick and Nora glass. Enjoy!

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