New Desserts | March, 2019

By Jonathan Laurel March 11, 2019 Food

We’ve a new Dessert Menu to present to everyone from our pastry chef, Miriam Martinez Prisciliano! Of course, we’re super hyped that Miriam has been selected to participate in the LEE Initiative’s 2019 Women Chefs Initiative, and the fact that the announcement happened to coincide with our new menu just compounds our excitement. The Cookies & Cream dessert for the March menu jumps from the ice cream sandwich format of February to a ridiculous… Read More

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