Barrel Aged El Presidente (and some history)

By Jonathan Laurel October 10, 2019 Cocktails

Lemon cookie, butterscotch, tropical fruit Nicaraguan silver rum, rhum agricole, chambéry blanc, cointreau, grenadine, orange bitters One of the lesser-known Havana classics, this Cuban creation is a perfect pairing of rum and vermouth.  Besides being a staff favorite at West Main, El Presidente is an icon of the Golden Age of Cuban bars, as well as the modern cocktail revolution. As is typical of such a thing, the earliest origins of El Presidente… Read More

Panda Panda Panda

By Jonathan Laurel October 8, 2019 Cocktails

fragrant, grassy, coconut, vanilla Pandan leaf-infused bourbon, coconut, ginger liqueur, lemongrass, monk bitters Pandan is an herbaceous tropical plant with vibrant, sweet-tasting leaves.  Used to flavor coconut milk and water, panda leaf is an essential ingredient in Thai cuisine.  We use it to flavor our bourbon in this Panda Panda Panda cocktail, then marry it with a combination of coconut, ginger, and lemon.  A delicious and rich cocktail, Panda Panda Panda is inspired by… Read More

Kaeng Phet

By Jonathan Laurel September 25, 2019 Cocktails

spicy, citrusy, herbaceous, bittersweet curry spiced-infused blanco tequila, aperol, lime, thai basil, coconut, bogart bitters Meaning “spicy” or “hot” curry, Kaeng Phet is an ode to those feverish dishes which haunt our taste buds’ dreams. This cocktail perfectly bridges the gap between food and beverage that makes this menu exciting, instigating a cognitively dissonant experience with its spot on curry flavor. Fiery-hot Thai chili peppers are the beating heart of the curry-infusion, along with… Read More

Cocktail Flight: Traditional Tiki

By Jonathan Laurel September 6, 2019 Cocktails

After World War II, America’s obsession with Polynesian culture spread east from California.  A fierce rivalry between Tiki restaurateurs Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic ignited an veritable arms race for more exotic and nuanced cocktails.  We’ve chosen a few of our favorites to form the Traditional Tiki flight from Volume 5.   From left to right: the Hurricane, with a house blended Planter’s rum, passionfruit syrup, lemon, and monk bitters; the… Read More

Historical Flight: Harry Craddock

By Jonathan Laurel August 27, 2019 Cocktails

It’s no secret that Harry Craddock and his Savoy Cocktail Book are some of the most iconic and important elements of 20th century International cocktail culture.  Though a healthy discussion could be had about why certain people win the historical fame lottery over others in our small field, there’s no question Craddock’s compendium of cocktails is certainly an invaluable catalogue of early 20th century drinks.   Harry Craddock was one of, if… Read More