contemporary classic COCKTAILS
You can't beat the classics. We feature a selection of mixologist inspired CONTEMPorary classic cocktails, with various lengths of tasting progressions
Blood & Sand
Some say the drink was created in 1922 and is named after Rudolph Valentino’s silent film about a bullfighter, Blood and Sand, based on the 1909 novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. includes Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, Luxardo Cherry Heering, Antica Sweet Vermouth, & orange juice.
Created in the mid-1980s by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho, London. The Bramble is the brainchild of Dick Bradsell, aka ‘The Cocktail King.’ Gin finds a match with fresh muddled blackberries served over crushed ice, laced with Crème de Mure.
The earliest known reference to the El Diablo cocktail is found in Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink published in 1946 where it was referred to as the “Mexican” El Diablo. This cocktail balances Milagro Silver Tequila, Massenez Créme de Cassis, ginger syrup, lime juice, & a splash of soda water.
The original American cocktail made with fine bourbon, sugar & bitters
"The first documented definition of the word "cocktail" was in response to a reader's letter asking to define the word in the May 6, 1806, issue of The Balance and Columbian Repository in Hudson, New York. In the May 13, 1806, issue, the paper's editor wrote that it was a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar; it was also referred to at the time as a bittered sling" -wiki
One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as "El Draque", after Francis Drake. Drake's ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses; so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back with ingredients for a medicine which was effective. The ingredients were a variation of our now classic island recipe of aged amber rum, an entire lime, raw sugar and fresh mint topped with crushed ice saturated with bitters.
Sophie Berezinski, who's business was copper mugs was going all over hollywood trying to sell her product when she walked into the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub at just the right time in 1941. John Martin, who had purchased the floundering Smirnoff Vodka distillery, was in the pub as well as the owner Jack Morgan who was in a similar bind trying to introduce his own brand of ginger beer to America. The three came together and introduced the world to the one and only Moscow Mule. We put our own spin on this cocktail with kick of a great vodka, fresh ginger syrup, and lime juice. topped with Ginger beer.
The Saturn deserves the mantle of the perfect gin tiki cocktail. The original drink, is credited to California bartender J. “Popo” Galsini, who won the International Bartender’s Association World Championship in 1967 with the cocktail.
Originally mixed with gin and simply called the Alexander, Troy Alexander crafted the snow-white Brandy Alexander to celebrate the launch of an ad campaign for clean-burning coal on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. This cocktail contains Korbel brandy, Giffard Creme de Cocoa, & heavy cream.
New York sour
Surprisingly, the New York Sour, which dates back to the late 1870s, was created in Chicago. It became known as a New York Sour, most likely after some New York bartender popularized it and changed its name. During that time period, a few sources reported that bartenders around Chicago were “constructing sours with a claret snap.” Our's is made with Old forester Bourbon, egg whites, lemon juice, simple syrup, & angostura bitters, and finished with claret.
The Cable Car is named for the cable-car tracks visible from The Starlight Room in San Francisco where the drink was invented. It’s a riff on the standard Sidecar template, with the spiced rum in our case, Siesta Key Spiced Rum, stand in for brandy, and is blended with Cointreau, lemon juice, and simple syrup.