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Raising the Bar - The Sharon

Hamilton, Ohio – The name might not register immediately, but like the cocktail it represents, it contains a subtle excellence.

Fitton Center resident mixologist Logan Adams dubbed her signature drink for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: A Tribute to Elton John - the final performance in the Showstoppers Series for the 2021-22 season May 21 – The Sharon.

It’s her take on a classic amaretto sour with a nod to the southern Yellow Hammer. It’s also her homage to Elton’s drag nickname for himself. In his own words, Sir Elton said, “In a way, designating someone with a drag name was my way of telling them I loved them. Drag is a communal sport, I like to get everyone involved. I became Sharon because I was so common.”

“It is already a punch cocktail and is made to be served in large batches,” Adams said. “But if you want to try one on your own, I adjusted the recipe for one at a time.”

Here’s the lowdown: The Sharon ½ oz vodka ½ oz light rum ½ oz amaretto 1 oz orange juice 2 oz pineapple juice

Build in highball glass filled with ice, stir and garnish with an orange peel and cherry, serve.

The sweet-and-tropical citrus reflects Jamaica, where John wrote much of the music for the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. (They also provide the namesake yellow color.) Vodka and rum enhance the respective juices, while the amaretto adds a touch of complexity with its almost bitter almond flavor.

The Sharon will be available for $6 during Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: A Tribute to Elton John Saturday, May 21, at the Fitton Center. Doors, box office and full-service cash bar open at 6:30 p.m.; curtain goes up on the Just Strange Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available online right here, or call 513-863-8873, ext. 110.

Keep an eye on the Fitton Center Blog for more of Logan’s cocktail creations.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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