Recipe: Westwood Bistro’s Matador Cocktail

Westwood Bistro's Matador Cocktail

This is a new cocktail with our own Westwood twist. We started with rye bourbon as a base and realized the ingredients could be manipulated to suit other base alcohols with amazing results. The original name for the drink was “The Dude,” in reference to the Big Lebowski. We as a whole were not thrilled with the name and quickly changed it to the “Matador.”

When ordered with Scotch instead of rye, it becomes the “Nessie,” and when ordered with tequila it becomes “El Mariachi.” This is a very versatile cocktail that will even work with gin.

Westwood Bistro’s Matador Cocktail

  • 2 ounces rye (We use Templeton but we can try something different as we already use it in the Manhattan.)
  • 1 ounce St. Germain
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice


1. Shake and double strain over sphere.

2. Top with ginger beer.

3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Westwood Bistro

950 N. Western Ave., Unit A
Lake Forest