Cocktails

Sri Lankan Pairing Dinner

By Jonathan Laurel March 28, 2019 Cocktails Events Food

On Thursday, April 11, West Main Crafting Co. will be presenting a pairing menu with guest chef Samantha Fore, of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites. This dinner will be wholly unique in Sam’s oeuvre (and ours), and we wanted to put a little more information out about it to get everyone excited. This, of course, is why we have a website where we can post all the words. Sam has been a friend of our… Read More

Historical Flight: George J. Kappeler

By Jonathan Laurel March 22, 2019 Cocktails

Our next historical cocktail flight is inspired by none other than the cocktail titan of late 19th century, George Kappeler. Serving as head barman at the Holland House Hotel, George J. Kappeler became one of the most famous bartenders of New York, and of the Golden Age in general. Kappeler seems to have had a knack for garnering media attention to his person and his craft, so it makes that sense his magnum opus, Modern… Read More

Historical Flight: Hugo Ensslin

By Jonathan Laurel February 26, 2019 Cocktails

We’re kicking off a new program at West Main that will highlight historically significant cocktail books, bartenders, and beverages, and the debut special honors the lesser-sung twentieth century cocktail hero Hugo Ensslin. Published in 1917, Hugo Ensslin’s book Recipes for Mixed Drinks is an invaluable time capsule containing important information about what Americans were drinking on the eve of Prohibition. Ensslin’s low historical profile is partially due to his low key presence in New York,… Read More

Laird & Company: Jack Rose

By Jonathan Laurel February 15, 2019 Cocktails

Our favorite story behind the Jack Rose is that it is somehow connected to notorious gambler and alleged hitman Bald Jack Rose in the 1910s. Unfortunately, the cocktail seems to predate the man by about ten years, and though there are many suspected origin stories, one of the likeliest, to us, seems to be that the cocktail’s name simply comes from the fact it’s made with applejack and that it’s pink in color. One thing… Read More

Laird & Company: Corpse Reviver #1

By Jonathan Laurel February 12, 2019 Cocktails

Any google search will quickly reveal a brief history of “Corpse Reviver” cocktail, a drink whose codification many attribute to Harry Craddock, who was known to make variations of this format at his American Bar, at the Savoy Hotel in London. Most famously, the Corpse Reviver numbers 1 and 2 come from Craddock’s book, The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930) and each makes an appearance in different cocktail flights on Volume 4 of our cocktail menu,… Read More