If you’re in the Arts District of the River City during September #VaSpiritsMonth, stop on by Maple & Pine Restaurant inside of Quirk Hotel and ask for the W.W. Pool! Or, try your hand at prepping this cocktail at home with the below recipe.
Story Behind the Drink: Richmond’s newest addition to the hospitality and dining scene, Maple & Pine Restaurant at Quirk Hotel is showing their ”Virginia Spirit” by offering up a special cocktail that pays tribute to one of Richmond’s urban legends, the Hollywood (Cemetery) Vampire!
Local residents claim that the mausoleum of W. W. Pool (dated 1913) in Hollywood Cemetery holds the remains of a vampire. Supposedly, Pool was run out of England in the 1800s for being a vampire. Oral legends to this effect were circulating by the 1960s. They may be influenced by the architecture of the tomb, which has both Masonic and ancient Egyptian elements, and double “W’s” that look like fangs. Because this cemetery is adjacent to Virginia Commonwealth University, the story became popular among students, especially from the 1980s onward. It was first mentioned in print in the student newspaper Commonwealth Times in 1976.
W.W. Pool, featuring James River Distillery’s Commonwealth Gin:
0.5 oz. of James River Commonwealth Gin
0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Triple Sec
0.5 oz. Cocchi Americano
1 splash of Absinthe
Instructions: Chill a martini glass. Build cocktail in a shaker tin. Shake and strain into an absinthe rinsed glass. Enjoy!
Photo credit: Quirk Hotel