Princess Mononoke

By Jonathan Laurel June 1, 2018 Cocktails

spearmint, vanilla, berry, bittersweet, baking spice Blueberry-infused Kentucky bourbon whiskey, spiced rum, pineapple gomme, thyme-infused cointreau, monk bitters, fernet branca foam Based on Hayao Miyazaki’s animated movie of the same name, Princess Mononoke is an exercise in the constant cycle of preservation and destruction. In our tribute to the Japanese masterpiece, we deconstruct some traditional bar ingredients in exciting new ways. Each element of the cocktail undergoes a drastic transformation. The finished product is… Read More

Redbud Road

By Jonathan Laurel May 25, 2018 Cocktails

sour lemons, lavender, flowers, grapefruit zest aperol, lemon, overproof Kentucky bourbon, aquafaba, orange bitters, lavender tea essence Redbud Road takes its name from a type of North America redbud tree, Cercis canadensis. In Appalachia, the redbud tree blooms in April or May, with a shiny and dense (and long lasting) array of stunning pink and purple flowers (though, curiously, no red ones). Redbud Road is an Aperol-based sour cocktail with bittersweet notes of citrus… Read More

Cucumberton

By Jonathan Laurel May 24, 2018 Cocktails

floral, light, vegetal, savory, grassy cucumber-and-dill-infused plymouth gin, dry vermouth, cocchi americano, thyme-infused cointreau, bogart bitters A whimsical play on the classic Dry Martini Cocktail, our Cucumberton transforms it ingredients into something else entirely. We infuse a soft, earthy Plymouth-style gin with fresh dill and English cucumbers, then pair it with a thyme-infused orange liqueur. A mix of two different fortified aromatic wines adds complexity. The finished cocktail is a harmonious blend of cucumber,… Read More

Jigger, Beaker, Flask #2

By Jonathan Laurel May 6, 2018 Cocktails

World-renowned food and beverage writer Charles H. Baker, Jr., published his most famous work, The Gentleman’s Companion, in two volumes in 1939. The second half of that series offers some of the best exotic drink recipes every published, as well as some of the most purple, flowery prose you might be lucky enough to find. The “Jigger, Beaker, Flask,” flight will always be a staple of our menus as a rotating selection of three favorites… Read More

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