A Cajun colloquialism, “T” in front of a name means petite or small. For the T’Spoon cocktail at Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, it may be a small, boozy nod to the restaurant’s brashy-sweet vibe—but it sure has big taste. It showcases Buffalo Trace bourbon, chamomile tea, Campari, and elderflower liqueur in a delicious balancing act: The subtle notes of chamomile soften the bite of the bourbon, and the bitterness of the Campari rounds out the sweet liqueur. Served over a large ice cube with a twist of lemon, it’s perfect for patio-sipping on beautiful fall days. Spoonbill, situated in a 1930s Conoco gas station, is a modern diner serving Gulf seafood dishes, burgers, wraps, and other “seriously casual” specials by chef and partner Jeremy Conner.
This article appears in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Southbound.