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Founder and self-professed “really big drink nerd,” Elliott Clark is the winsome personality behind Apartment Bartender. His popular blog, website and channels are devoted to creating inspired in-home cocktail experiences that are accessible, luxe, and easy to replicate. 

We were first introduced to Elliott through our friends at Death & Co, whom we collaborated with on some limited edition styles

Elliott's approachable take on the spirit industry shares an ethos with our own boot making philosophy: First in craft, Zero in pretentiousness. 

With a voice that’s  garnered praise from some of the world’s top publications and liquor enthusiasts, including an award as Saveur Magazine’s Editor Choice for Best Drink Blog, we’re welcoming Elliott to the HELM community with a new Apartment Bartender series. Follow along to discover exclusive recipes and new content!

Recipe 1, Passionfruit Old Fashioned

Ingredients
1 oz Bourbon
1 oz Aged Rum
1/4 oz Passionfruit syrup*
2 dashes of aromatic bitters

Instructions
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass, and stir with ice. Strain the drink into a rocks glass over ice, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

*How to Make Passionfruit Syrup
In a medium sauce pan, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar on low-medium heat (do not bring to a boil). Gently stir to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat. Cut 4 passionfruit in half, and scoop the pulp in the syrup and let it steep for a few hours. Strain the pulp out, and store the syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Recipe 2, Passionfruit Orange Daiquiri 

Ingredients
2 oz Gin
1 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Passionfruit Syrup*
2 dashes aromatic bitters

Instructions
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and shake with ice. Strain the drink into a coupe glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.
*How to Make Passionfruit Syrup
In a medium sauce pan, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar on low-medium heat (do not bring to a boil). Gently stir to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat. Cut 4 passionfruit in half, and scoop the pulp in the syrup and let it steep for a few hours. Strain the pulp out, and store the syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

When asked about the inspiration behind passion fruit Elliott said, "Passionfruit is a great, seasonal and tropical flavor that goes really well in cocktails. It’s one of those syrups that I always keep on hand when the fruit is in season. I also wanted to showcase the versatility of the syrup used in multiple ways." Find more great drink recipes from Elliott here

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When asked about his Lou Boots Elliott said, "I’ve been a fan of Helm boots for a while. I love the styles, the fit, the quality, the craftsmanship - plus they look damn good. Can’t go anywhere with them on my feet without getting a complement." Shop The Lou Teak here