Cocktails

By The Numbers: House G&T

By Jonathan Laurel May 2, 2018 Behind the Scenes Cocktails

As you may or may not know, we keep our House Gin & Tonic on tap, a process that makes service super easy but that involved more numbers and science than we usually communicate. We pack 640oz of our house tonic and Castle & Key’s Restoration Gin under 16psi. And though it took about 24 tries to get the system right, it cranks out about 106 House G&Ts with inspiring consistency. So, in the end:… Read More

Great Old Ones: Improved Holland Cocktail

By Jonathan Laurel April 27, 2018 Cocktails

We’re all familiar with the Old Fashioned Cocktail but it’s less known that ‘Old Fashioned’ actually refers to a construction: sugar, bitter, spirit, and citrus rind. In the later part of the 19th century, it was very much the fashion to “improve” the Old Fashioned cocktail by adding maraschino, a dash of absinthe, and/or curaçao. One iconic version of this format was the Improved Holland Cocktail (or “Improved Gin Cocktail”), made with the Dutch Genever. Read More

Planter’s Punch

By Jonathan Laurel April 24, 2018 Cocktails

sweet tropical fruit, clove, allspice, big bold flavors Planter’s rum, lemon, oleo saccharum, grenadine, gunpowder green tea, pineapple juice, monk bitters The historic Planter’s Punch is a legendary recipe summarized by the rhyme, “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.” An early ancestor to the Tiki drinks of the twentieth century, our version of the Planter’s Punch is a mix of of black, gold, and overproof Jamaican rums combined… Read More

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