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Serving Up: The Family Recipe Cocktail at Taproot

Bartender Chelsea Downing and Co-owner Stephanie Sweeney and the Family Recipe.

63-71 N Main Street
Norwalk, CT

Located in South Norwalk, Taproot is the effort of Jeff Taibe and Stephanie Sweeney, both familiar faces in the Fairfield County restaurant industry. Prior to opening Taproot in Bethel in 2017, Taibe previously served as the Executive Chef of Kawa Ni in Westport and Oak & Almond in Norwalk. Sweeney grew up in Bethel and honed her food-service experience at the Redding Country Club for a decade before spending several years in Westport working at The Whelk, Kawa Ni and Jesup Hall. The team offers a shared vision and commitment to the principles that define the Taproot experience: sustainability, local produce and a bespoke menu offering new, fresh ingredients as the seasons change. The menu is constructed for sharing, a nod to the desire to create a community with “for the table,” “small plates” and “large plates” designations. The beverage side of the house offers an extensively curated menu of wines, sakes, and canned and draft beers, plus meticulous and imaginative craft cocktails for any taste craving.

Cocktail: Family Recipe

» 1 oz. Rhum J.M. White Rum
» .5 oz. SoNo 1420 Kaffe Primal Forest Coffee Liqueur
» .5 oz. Giffard Banane du Brésil
» .25 oz. dry Curaçao
» .5 oz. walnut orgeat
» .25 oz. lime juice
» 3 dashes walnut bitters
» 3 oz. whole milk
» Optional: aged dark rum floater

Method: Pour all ingredients into a large container (do not stir) and let sit overnight. Strain through a coffee strainer and serve over ice.

The Family Recipe at Taproot.

The Family Recipe at Taproot.

The Family Recipe cocktail uses nearby neighbor distillery’s SoNo 1420 Kaffe Primal Forest Coffee Liqueur, which is handmade in small batches using 100% real coffee, making it fit for Taproot’s local and fresh ethos.

“The foundation of Taproot is built on supporting all things local and using the best products we can find. So, working alongside SoNo 1420 makes those goals easy to achieve. Our menu is constantly evolving, we are always looking for new and different techniques and flavors to put together,” said Stephanie Sweeney, Co-owner.







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