Cocktails

Cocktail Flight: South America

By Jonathan Laurel July 11, 2019 Cocktails

South America’s indigenous spirits and regional drinking traditions are often ignored on the international bartending stage.  We, however, cannot get enough of the random, distant, and unfamiliar when it comes to spirits and cocktails.  From regional variations of the changuirongo to the encyclopedic world of mezcal, we heart all things Central and South American.  This cocktail flight is an ode to South American beverages, focusing on classic styles and preparations, although we… 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

Seminar: “Mezcal Method Madness”

By Jonathan Laurel June 13, 2019 Cocktails Events Food

Because our favorite thing is sharing knowledge about spirits and cocktail culture, we’re adding a series of new classes to our seminars over the next few months.  This series is  designed to explore another of the lesser known spirit in our region: Mezcal. And we’re promising a world of knowledge, flavors, and mouthfeel like you rarely get the chance to explore.  We started with the idea to do a single class… Read More