Egg Whites + Instagram: What’s Shaking with Eli Brazell of Harper’s Bar

by Katie Schlientz
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When I first tasted Eli Brazell’s cocktails, I didn’t know the man behind the mixology at Harper’s Restaurant & Bar. I just new craft cocktails were at the finest at the Dobbs Ferry eatery.

But recently, I became obsessed with @The-Alcoholist on Instagram, and realized the connection. And I knew in an instant—those tantalizing, high-end photos of bar fare were just as good as they looked. The likes averaging in the hundreds on each photo, looks like I’m not the only one who knows what’s good.

Eli, who says he is relatively new to the mobile app, is already #instafamous, building a virtual cocktail menu of his twists on the classics and a few inventions of his own. From playing with products from Hudson Valley distilleries to building his own syrups, to whipping up the newest trend—egg white cocktails—Eli shares his creations with the world, recipe and all. One that just happened to pique my interest? The Strawberry Alarm Clock (recipe below), a rum based cocktail highlight with a “strawberry coriander pepper syrup.” #flavorexplosion



IntoxiKate chats with Eli about how he got started in the spirit world, what’s on trend, and the inspiration behind the amaze-balls photos.

Warning: Looking at his instagram account, is enough to send you stranger to Harper’s Bar. But, hey, that’s the point.

{Go: 92 Main St., Dobbs Ferry, NY, 914-693-2306,}

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Strawberry Alarm Clock

2 oz. aged Rum – Eli uses Chairman’s Reserve
.75 oz. Strawberry Coriander Pepper syrup (recipe below)
.75 oz. lime juice
2-3 crushed basil leaves


  1. To make the syrup: combine 2 cups diced strawberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tbsp ground coriander. Put all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer ten minutes. Cover until cool and strain.
  2. Shake all ingredients and strain into a Collins glass with a few fresh basil leaves.
  3. Top with a splash of club soda.
  4. Serve.


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Cocktail photo and recipe courtesy of Eli Brazell, Mixologist at Haper’s Bar & Restaurant in Dobbs Ferry.

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