Modern Classics

By Jonathan Laurel October 18, 2018 Cocktails

While we do embrace the traditional style of Golden Age cocktails, the craft cocktail renaissance of the last fifteen years has contributed many memorable drinks. These modern-day “classics” are every bit as enjoyable as those cocktails we dig out too the dusty, dog-eared books behind the bar. For Volume #3, we’ve featured (from left to right): the White Negroni, with London dry gin, Salers gentian liqueur, and cocci americano; the Paper Plane, with… Read More

Paloma

By Jonathan Laurel September 14, 2018 Cocktails

We turned to the much-mythified Paloma to feature at West Main for the weekend of Mexican Independence Day, along with our Mexican spirits flight (tequila, mescal, sotol). We, like many, believed the vague but popular myth that the Paloma was an old school Mexican cocktail that had found its way onto the menu of the occasional modern cocktail bar, and, per usual, we were curious to find out its history. It was only then that… Read More

Seminar: “The Story of Absinthe”

By Jonathan Laurel September 4, 2018 Behind the Scenes Cocktails Events

Nothing encapsulates the “authenticity, lost” quality of Golden Age bar culture quite like Absinthe. Between 1840 and its eventual ban in Europe in the early 1900s, the much-mythologized “Green Fairy” soared to the height of drinking culture. Every day Parisians (and the French and Swiss, in general) conducted a daily routine that included two solid hours for absinthe every day, between 5p and 7p—the earliest version of… Read More

I Heart Absinthe: Absinthe Frappé

By Jonathan Laurel August 17, 2018 Cocktails

The original Absinthe Frappé is the creation of one Cayetano Ferrer, a Catalan bartender immigrant to New Orleans. Ferrer presumably brought his native land’s love of absinthe—Spain never banned the spirit—to New Orleans and tended bar at the French Opera House before setting up shop at the Absinthe Room. The Absinthe Room was previously owned by a family of fellow Spaniards and left in the care of the Aleix brothers who turned the building into… Read More

I Heart Absinthe: Corpse Reviver No. 2

By Jonathan Laurel August 15, 2018 Cocktails

Though today you could easily get this drink by simply ordering a “Corpse Reviver,” this cocktail was part of a short series (of two) made by Harry Craddock at the American Bar in the Savoy. Like the Chyrsanthemum, it can be found in Craddock’s 1930, but unlike the Chrysanthemum the Corpse Revivers #1 and #2 were Craddock’s own specific variations on a 19th century style of reviver cocktails. For more information we recommend Cara… Read More