This time on Cocktail Hunter, we bring you four inspired fine beverages that bring more to the table than just nice acidity and a good sip. Great cocktails convey a story, an element of character, and make you really feel something. Ok, so granted – all cocktails make you feel something – but the point is that the best drinks have a personality. Here are a few:
“Lavender Moon” @ Smith | Seattle, WA
Subtlety is key, at least that’s what they tell me. I certainly have no concept of subtlety, but the best bartenders do. The Lavender Moon blends Plymouth Gin, Créme de Violette, a few dashes of Lavender bitters and a touch of cava for just the right amount of sparkle and tranquility. Serenity now.
“Death in the South Pacific” @ Naga Cocktail Bar | Bellevue, WA
Kittens are great. Awards are even better. This cocktail didn’t pick up any kitties, but it has taken home some Tales of the Cocktail glory. This sophisticated tiki tipple is composed of Appleton Estate Extra 12-Year-Old rum, Rhum Clement, VSOP rum, Trader Tiki’s Orgeat Syrup for sweetness, Fee Brothers Falernum and Absinthe for intrigue, fresh lime and lemon juices and topped with grenadine and Cruzan Blackstrap rum. Mee-yow!
“Spanish Maiden” @ 5th Floor | San Francisco, CA
Check this! Spice and citrus collide with the Buddha’s Hand Infused Tequila, Vida Mezcal, St. Germain Elderflower, lemon, Rose Geranium syrup, and a habanero tincture. At this point, you might be thinking to yourself, “Ok bro, I’m into it, but what’s that little, floaty guy on the top of that tiny cake server?” Well my friend, just think of it as taking the red pill instead of the blue one, and down into the rabbit hole you go.
“Order Up” @ BIG | San Francisco, CA
This drink doesn’t actually exist… at least, not until you order it. The bar program at BIG has firmly withheld offering a cocktail menu and instead rely on their talented and booze-savvy bartenders to create custom cocktails for each patron on the fly. Make no mistake about it, at BIG, they live up to their namesake and with this policy they identify the purest expression of the bartender/imbiber relationship. Other BIG policies include; smiling at others, keeping mobile phone usage to a minimum (sorry Instagram), and embodying the class and authority of BIG, a place where “Jollity and merriment are welcome. Horseplay and jackassery are not.” Be BIG.
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“Lavender Moon Cocktail Photo Credit: Phil Jimcosky“