Jigger, Beaker, Flask: The East India Cocktail

By Jonathan Laurel March 15, 2018 Cocktails

The East India Cocktail has a fairly stellar bibliographic pedigree through early cocktail publications. First appearing in Harry Johnson, and then modified later by Harry Johnson to its present configuration, the East India cocktail is comprised of cognac, pineapple gomme, curaçao, maraschino, and bogart bitters (our house approximations of the original Boker’s bitters). The East India finds itself on our cocktail flight “Jigger, Beaker, Flask,” so named for Charles Baker, Jr.,’s second volume to The… Read More

Starry Wisdom

By Jonathan Laurel March 9, 2018 Cocktails

carrot juice, almonds, brown sugar, baking spices demerara rum, planter’s rum, carrot cake shrub, averna, orgeat, monk bitters Named for Lovecraft’s Church of Starry Wisdom, this cocktail is based on a shrub syrup made in house of carrot juice, ginger, sugar, cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar. We add a few dashes of our orgeat to give it a light, nutty note, then finish it off with four different aged rums. Starry Wisdom is a… Read More

Barrel-Aged Manhattan

By Jonathan Laurel March 3, 2018 Cocktails

black cherry, vanilla, clove, tobacco Kentucky rye whiskey, cocchi di torino, maraschino, absinthe, monk bitters Verily, there are variform versions of the iconic Manhattan cocktail, and many claiming to do it right. Among that body, we wanted only to make a gorgeous, authentic Manhattan that would not easily be forgot, and we batch one that is, admittedly, a tour-de-force. Based “The only William,” William Smidt’s recipe found in The Flowing Bowl: What and When… Read More

Jigger, Beaker, Flask: Cuba Libré

By Jonathan Laurel March 1, 2018 Cocktails

Since our Cuba Libré is part of a cocktail flight named after Charles Baker, Jr., we’ll let him tell you about it: “The only trouble with the drink is that it started by accident and without imagination, and has been carried along by the ease of its supply. Under any condition it is too sweet. What’s to do?” Baker’s eventual solution, apparently, was the juice of a small lime, hence the ubiquitous garnish. The famous… Read More

Great Old Ones

By Jonathan Laurel February 28, 2018 Cocktails

The cocktails on our Great Old Ones flight predate Prohibition by a long shot, reaching backward in time to an antediluvian past where cocktails were more elegant and refined. These great hulking monoliths of a bygone era have survived for over one hundred and fifty years, and they live on as a testament to the mysterious wisdom of Golden Age of cocktails. From left to right, the flight features the Hot Toddy, with blended… Read More