As an update to yesterday’s discussion about the New Cocktail Era (basically, No More Vodka-based Drinks), a sophisticated imbiber offers a place I’ve never been and what to order when I get there.
Being somewhat of a gin fanboy, I was thrilled to experience some amazing cocktails this past weekend on a trip to NYC w/ stops at the Pegu Club and Gramercy Tavern. Both make amazing drinks. Pegu uses no canned juices, having the staff come in daily to juice limes/lemons/blood oranges/etc. Gramercy made some amazing rye drinks and my wife had a few champagne cocktails. For similar attention to mixology, there is a dive on Maple (unfortunately across from a methadone clinic) near inwood called the Windmill Lounge. Their owner(s) pay special attention to creating some fantastic gin cocktails. They have the best gin selection I’ve found in town (beyond the standard “top shelf” Bombay Sapphire, Tanq., and the highly overrated Hendrick’s) including such brands as Plymouth, Boodles, Old Raj, and more. Oh, and thanks Tristan for the Rye Mash at Porch.
Me, I like Hendrick’s. But I’m willing to learn.