The Brave


  • Served in goblet
  • 48% ABV
  • Garnish with flamed orange peel


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Tequila 3.0cl 1.0oz
Mezcal 3.0cl 1.0oz
Amaro Averna 1.5cl 0.5oz
Orange Curaçao 0.75cl 0.25oz
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  1. Build in wine glass.
  2. Swirl to combine.
  3. Mist the sides of the glass with Angostura and garnish with a flamed orange peel.


Bobby Heugel worked on The Brave cocktail for a full year before opening Anvil Bar & Refuge in Houston in 2009, and it remains the only drink that has been on nearly every Anvil menu since opening day. Not unlike Anvil itself, the Brave is a bit of an oddball considering it doesn’t get shaken or stirred with ice—just swirled around in a wine glass and then misted over with aromatic Angostura bitters and garnished with a flamed orange peel. Perfectly delicious and balanced in its own right, the Brave changes the idea what a traditional cocktail can mean. In a tongue-in-cheek nod to the cocktail’s constancy, staff will often answer Anvil’s phone with,“Anvil, home of The Brave. How may I help you?”

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