Cocktails

Historical Flight: Ernest Hemingway

By Jonathan Laurel July 17, 2019 Cocktails Events

Few cultural figures in the last century have brought cocktail and spirit culture into the limelight the way that Ernest Hemingway did.  This monumental figure in 20th century literature was also a famous drinker, incorporating his love for all things alcoholic (and, often, bitter) into his stories and his life.  We prefer “famous” here in lieu of “infamous,” because Hemingway’s extraordinary enthusiasm for beverages was of mythical proportions even in his own life… Read More

Pineapple & Coriander

By Jonathan Laurel July 17, 2019 Cocktails

Roasted pineapple, cilantro, lemon, lime leaf Honkaku-style kome shochu, chambéry blanc, pineapple curry shrub, cilantro, kaffir lime leaf liqueur, bogart bitters Adapted from the recipe for Kaeng Khua Saparot, or “Pineapple Fried Curry,” the Pineapple & Coriander cocktail is crafted with a two-week old shrub made from pineapples, coriander seeds, peppercorns, Thai basil, sugar, and rice vinegar.  To serve it, we mix the shrub with a rice-distilled shochu and a lemony French blanc… Read More

Cedar Plank

By Jonathan Laurel July 2, 2019 Cocktails

Cedar chest, ginger, rosemary, honey Cedar-infused reposado tequila, ginger liqueur, lemon, peppercorn, woodland essence, bogart bitters Inspired by the smells of sizzling meats sold by street vendors in Bangkok, the Cedar Plank captures the fresh flavor of plank grilling.  After infusing tequila with cedar—giving it clean, dry wood notes—we complement it with ingredients you could find at a cookout.  The Cedar Plank tastes like a roasted agaves, dried herbs, clover, and citrus,… Read More

Green Curry Fizz

By Jonathan Laurel June 21, 2019 Cocktails

Savory, coconut, basil, lime, chili peppers Kentucky dry gin, lime, orgeat, Thai basil, coconut, aquafaba, Bogart bitters, soda water, green curry paste Known in central Thailand as Kaeng Keow Wan, green curry is one of the most recognizable Thai dishes found in America.  The key to a perfect green curry is the paste; we make our own from scratch using over a dozen ingredients.  While the heat and the color come from… Read More

Negroni Week, 2019

By Jonathan Laurel June 20, 2019 Cocktails Events

West Main is officially participating in Campari’s international Negroni Week this year!  This is a week when the world celebrates all things bitter and gentian-based, especially the 20th century king of such drinks: the eponymous Negroni.  This is also a drive to raise money for charities on a global scale, so there are plenty of good reasons to drink. We’re featuring a flight of drinks for this week-long celebration: the modern classic White… Read More