Cocktails

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

Laird & Company

By Jonathan Laurel February 8, 2019 Cocktails

For three hundred years, the same New Jersey family has distilled apple brandy, a staple for Colonial Americans. Licensed since 1780, Laird & Company is the oldest legally operating distiller in the United States. Their one-hundred proof “applejack” is a fundamental spirit in Golden Age cocktails. This cocktail flight features three cocktails, each of which provides a different expression of Laird’s apple brandy. From left to right, these are the Corpse Reviver #1, with cognac,… Read More

Charles Dickens’ Famous Smoking Bishop

By Jonathan Laurel February 1, 2019 Cocktails

cherry, plum, allspice, cinnamon, anise, orange ruby port, cabernet sauvignon, roasted orange & cinnamon cordial, picon Immortalized at the end of Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, the Smoking Bishop is a mulled and spiced port wine punch popularized centuries ago. We roast whole, clove-studded oranges in the oven until their bursting point, juice them, then fortify the juice with sugar and spices to create a cordial. Picon adds a bittersweet fruitiness… Read More