Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Miss Most Unique

Tina entered a cocktail contest for Nirvino featuring Square One cucumber vodka at Elixir on Monday. The crowd was thick, too thick. I must say she handled it with characteristic cool and got voted the most unique cocktail of the night.
The C-note Cocktail
2 oz Square One Cucumber Vodka
1/8 oz Campari
1/8 oz apple cider vinegar
1/8 oz agave nectar
1 tbs basil seed
1 drop sesame oil
1 thumbnail sized chunk of fresh ginger
Muddle ginger with vinegar, Campari, and agave nectar. Add vodka and shake, strain over crushed ice and top with basil seed and sesame oil.
Come try it, watch Tina go at the ice with a baseball bat. 
More about the event at

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Seasoning our cocktails

We've been working on some exciting stuff behind the bar over the last week or two, thanks to a load of produce from some friends down at the farmers market. For those of you who got to try it at the Macy's Cellar event (thanks for coming out), we will be putting the Still Life with Apples (after Cezanne) cocktail on the menu very soon. For those who missed it, it is Bourbon infused with apples and a maple syrup/cider vinegar gastrique served with a little sprig of fresh thyme, though we are considering dressing it with a spiced air.
Buffalo and I have also been whacking up and cooking down figs with a little agave nectar to make a nice syrup. That one can be found in our Black Monday cocktail with reposado tequila and tawny port and a little shaved almond, thanks to a sweet little mandolin we found at Kamei. More to come soon.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


One hundred pounds of syrah grapes+Five pounds of rose buds+ monk pepper+Ben=Aphrodesiac beer.

Get some.