Author Archives: Jonathan Laurel

House of Picon: The Brooklyn Cocktail

By Jonathan Laurel January 18, 2018 Cocktails

Depending on who you believe, the Brooklyn cocktail first appeared by the 1880s but made its first print appearance in 1908. There are more versions of this cocktail than there are dives in its eponymous borough. Ours finds itself close to the original—a relative (and neighbor) to the Manhattan cocktail—and is a taste of the thing we care about most: authenticity. Showing off our Amer Picon, the Brooklyn combines it with Kentucky rye whiskey, Cocchi… Read More

A Great Old One: The Hot Toddy

By Jonathan Laurel January 16, 2018 Cocktails

With debated origins between the 1780s and the early 1800s, the Hot Toddy seems a ubiquitous ameliorative for both cold weather and the every day cold. Reasonably so, since, no matter that this cocktail is almost 200 years old, it never fails to keep you warm or sooth a sore throat. On occasion, though, one is surprised to be reminded that the Hot Toddy is originally a beautiful, warm, spiced cocktail in its own right,… Read More

House of Picon: The Liberal Cocktail

By Jonathan Laurel January 12, 2018 Cocktails

George Kappeler published the first recipe for the Liberal Cocktail in 1895, and we’re offering our version as part of the Amer Picon cocktail flight. The original Amer Picon “grand bitter” has been effectively lost through brand and recipe changes over the last 180 years so, per our regular modus operandi, we made a version ourselves to best approximate the original flavors of these iconic cocktails. Our Liberal combines two dashes of bitters and two… Read More

It’s time for a decadent shared plate.

By Jonathan Laurel January 11, 2018 Food

We feel it is time to bring a decadent, bountiful, first class cheese plate back to downtown and we’re proud to up the stakes with this offering. This beautiful black walnut board is packed with mousse, pate, and salumi, soft, aged, and gorgeous cheeses, bright pickles and an array of spreads and bread. The boards were custom made by one of our bartenders and the whole array assembled by our maitre-d, a former cheesemonger, so… Read More

Alberta Campfire

By Jonathan Laurel January 10, 2018 Cocktails

According to archeological evidence, Paleoindian campsites first appeared in Canada around 13,000 years ago.  Quartzite tools, such as arrow- and spear-heads, mark these camping grounds.  Our Alberta Campfire draws inspiration from these aboriginal people.  We use a long-forgotten North American spirit, straight apple brandy, and slowly infuse it with freshly smoked apple wood.  This old-fashioned style drink is lightly sweetened with an autumn-floor syrup made from clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and peppercorn, and joins cherry… Read More