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Behind the Bar: Rachel Boxley of Heritage

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Richmond's Heritage restaurant and it's owner, Mattias, have been friends of the Belle Isle and the Journal since early on. Today, we take a trip to Heritage to visit one of their up and coming bartenders, Rachel Boxley, for a peek behind the bar and a taste of her signature cocktail, Holy Mole. 


Behind the Bar: Rachel Boxley

What is your current title at Heritage?

Depends on the night. Week nights I bartend with Tim and Mattias. Saturday nights I barback. And for the past 4 or 5 months we have been doing a barback rotation. Regardless of the title, its a full on team effort. 


Do you have a most memorable moment behind the bar? 

The day I confused coffee grounds with chocolate cake crumbles. Yeah, that happened. 


How do you come up with names for your cocktails?

I have no idea, they usually are very last or spur of the moment decisions. 


Which cocktail do you hope people ask for?

One in which they describe a few flavors they enjoy and give me the freedom to play. Its always nice when you make something for someone and their response is "That's exactly what I was looking for!" 


What is the best part about working at Heritage?

There is something magical about a night at Heritage. We are all human, and we all have our story and things that we are interested in outside of those doors. But for a few short hours out of the day we come together to create something bigger than ourselves. The problems drop away and the only thing that is of any importance is a clover club to seat 8 or the proper place markings for their next course. My favorite part about bartending is knowing that I am apart of a family. My favorite part about bartending is that I bartend at Heritage.


How would you describe the bar at Heritage?

Blood, sweat, laughter, and lots of juicing. Mattias and Tim are like older brothers. It's a lot of work, but its a lot of fun. 


Do you have a pro-tip for new or home bartenders?

Be a sponge. Take it all in. Learn. Ask questions. Breathe and don't panic. 


Do you have a guilty pleasure cocktail? 

Ramos Gin Fizz


What’s the best food + cocktail pairing at Heritage?

I'm not sure if its the best, but the Main St. Buck and the pork belly always sound like a good idea to me.  


Holy Mole


  • 1 1/2 oz. Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
  • 1 1/4 oz. Ancho Reyes
  • 3/4 oz. Creme de Cacao
  • 8 drops cacao nib tincture
  • 2 drops chili tincture


Stir ingredients, strain over ice into rocks glass. Garnish with flamed orange twist.

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Boxley

Photography by Alexander Kreher.