Cocktails

Limmer’s Hotel Punch

By Jonathan Laurel April 23, 2018 Cocktails

flowery and fizzy, refreshing, a riff on a classic lemonade old tom gin, lemon, sugar, maraschino, orange blossom water, sparkling wine In the late 1800s, at the Limmer’s Hotel in London, England, an enterprising headwaiter created a Gin Punch so famous his guests named it after him: the John Collins. By the 1870s, the widespread use of Old Tom gin changed the Punch’s name to “Tom Collins” and a classic cocktail was born. We… Read More

House Sazerac

By Jonathan Laurel April 20, 2018 Cocktails

boozy, herbaceous, aromatic, complex kentucky rye whiskey, cognac, gomme, peychaud’s bitters, monk bitters, rinse of kentucky absinthe The classic Whiskey Cocktail is made from whiskey, water, sugar, and bitters. Sometime in the mid-nineteenth century, a riff of this classic was created in New Orleans: the Sazerac Cocktail, named after the Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils brand of cognac. Our version, the “House Sazerac,” starts with a rinse of Kentucky absinthe followed by a classic combination of… Read More

Birch Mule

By Jonathan Laurel April 17, 2018 Cocktails

woodsy, wintergreen, citrus, bay leaf vodka, birch beer, mint liqueur, acid phosphate, bogart bitters Mules and Bucks are ginger-topped highballs developed in the first half of the twentieth century. For the Birch Mule, we use vodka distilled from corn and top it with our bubbly house-brewed birch beer. Made from a sweet black birch bark, birch beer contains spicy, minty flavors with a velvety wintergreen aftertaste. We finish it off with fresh spearmint, flowers,… Read More

(Have You Seen) The Yellow Sign

By Jonathan Laurel April 14, 2018 Cocktails

spicy mustard, earthy, grassy, smoke, chive horseradish-infused mezcal, lemon, mustard syrup, parsnip juice, bogart bitters Published in 1895, Robert Chambers’s collection The King in Yellow is the story of a fictional play which causes people to go insane after reading it. A recurring motif is obsession with the color yellow, leaving one character to ask, “Have you seen the Yellow Sign?” Inspired by strange, more bizarre ingredients, we set out to create a spicy,… Read More

Great Old Ones: Widow’s Kiss

By Jonathan Laurel April 10, 2018 Cocktails

In another of our cocktail flights we find one more drink whose bibliographic origins trace back to George Kappeler’s 1895 book, and probably to Kappeler himself. This one we find it in the Great Old One’s flight, and it’s the Widow’s Kiss: a delicately balanced cocktail with powerful ingredients rich in flavor and craft. Namely, those are the yellow chartreuse and benedictine, mixed here with Laird’s apple brandy and our monk bitters. Based on the… Read More