In the Drink

Downtown in a Glass

At Rogue Island, it took a village to create a boozy tribute to Providence: The Downcity


The Downcity is sweet and spicy, tangy and tough, and as complex as its namesake. The versatile blood orange has been particularly popular in recent years, getting pulped into everything from margaritas to sours, and it blends smoothly with two New England liquors. All the Rogue Island cocktails are worth a taste, but the Downcity is one you can easily make at home, putting that dusty jar of cayenne pepper to good use.

There was no single genius behind the Downcity, but rather the entire Rogue Island bar staff: Jacqui Macek, Kandace Richmond, McKenzie Buckley, and Amanda Leigh all contributed to its contents, with guidance from owners Bill Pietras and Ryan Bessette. They workshopped the drink together, refining its precise recipe. This communal approach is in keeping with Rogue Island’s farm-to-table mission, not to mention the cocktail’s name, which ensures that no one ever forgets where they enjoyed it.

The Downcity

  • 1 1/2 oz. Sons of Liberty Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 4 drops Bittermens Boston Bittahs
  • 1 1/2 blood oranges
  • Muddle blood orange wedges. Mix whiskey, simple syrup, and bitters in shaker. Rim with vanilla, cayenne pepper, and sugar.

Rogue Island
65 Weybosset Street • 831-3733