Bar Boi: Sweaters and Shrubs

Editor’s note: Bar Boi is a new series on dapperQ created by our latest contributor, Seattle-based Mellina White Cusack. Bar Boi is a monthly piece that pairs a seasonal dapper outfit with a swag cocktail to match. Salud!

For many people, this is the best time of the year. A chill in the air, leaves changing their color, longer evenings filled with conversation and… sweaters. Yes, autumn is sweater weather.

If you are anything like me, you love nothing more than to snuggle up in a thick knit sweater. This season has brought a huge variety of knitwear to keep you looking dapper and feeling comfy all autumn long.

Dapper in the office: The Cardigan

Replace a blazer in the office or dress up your outfit for a night out on the town with a cardigan. It easily works with a dress shirt and tie, or you can arrive on casual Friday matching your cardigan with a v-neck shirt.

Bar boi1Lambswool cardigan from J. Crew.

All day comfort and style: The Jacquard Sweater

Fight the urge to stop whatever you are doing to read a book and sip on a latte while wearing this pullover. This classic patterned knit is a must-have for colder days.

bar boi2Jacquard sweater from Zara

For the whimsical Dapper: The printed cardigan

Who says sweaters have to be stuffy and boring? Get yours hands on a printed knit for a fun and casual look.

bar boi 4Penna Fairisle cardigan from Woolrich


The Highland Park

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Summer drinks are simple, refreshing combinations of vodka and lemonade, whiskey sodas and the like. Autumn, on the other hand, is a time for complexity and layers of flavors that mirror the dishes that represent this time of the year. The Highland Park is a whiskey based cocktail made for just this season. And shrubs are the stars of this drink.


Yes, a classic vinegar based fruit syrup. Shrubs are seeing a revival in cocktail bars across the country. This recipe calls for a peach and cherry shrub (made from last summer’s fruitful bounty), but you can choose your favorite flavor. Get a collection of handmade shrubs from Shrub & Co¬†shipped to your door or try your hands at making your own creation with the help of Shrubs: An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times.

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2 Oz Bourbon
.75 Oz Cherry & Peach Shrub
.25 Oz Green Chartreuse
egg white from one egg
2 Dashes Lavender Bitter

1-Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Dry shake for 30 seconds.

2-Add a scoop of ice. Shake for 30 seconds more.

3-Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cherries.

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