Wed 9/7 – 4-9 PM $5 sangria special – sauvignon blanc, brandy, pineapple – orange – mango, fresh fruit juices (no simple syrup!) As our last days of summer move in and we are looking at a glorious fall, we need an end of the summer sangria.
Thurs 9/8 – 4-9 PM – Riffs on the old fashion cocktail: Join us for a selection of riffs on the old fashion (one of our best-selling cocktails). The old fashioned is the cocktail of choice of Don Draper, the lead character on the Mad Men television series, set in the 1960s. The use of the drink in the series coincided with a renewed interest in this and other classic cocktails in the 2000’s.
The original old fashioned recipe would have showcased the whiskey available in America in the 19th century: Irish, Bourbon or rye whiskey or brandy (especially Wisconsin prefers brandy). Eventually the use of other spirits became common, such as a gin recipe becoming popularized in the late 1940s. Common garnishes for an old fashioned include an orange slice or a maraschino cherry or both, although these modifications came around 1930, sometime after the original recipe was invented. While some recipes began making sparse use of the orange zest for flavor, the practice of muddling orange and other fruit gained prevalence as late as the 1990s. Some modern variants have greatly sweetened the old-fashioned, e.g. by adding blood orange soda to make a fizzy old-fashioned, or muddled strawberries to make a strawberry old-fashioned.
Our selection of old fashions: Don Draper’s Old Fashioned – Copper & Kings American Brandy, sugar (just enough sugar to cut the burn), club soda; Bart’s Old Fashioned – Copper & Kings American Brandy, oranges, bourbon soaked cherries, sugar, Woodford Reserve spiced cherry bitters; Espresso Old Fashioned – Laird’s applejack, absinthe rinse, Aromatic bitters, espresso; Benton’s Old Fashioned – Fat-washed Copper & Kings American brandy (bacon fat), maple syrup, angostura bitters; Freehand Old Fashioned – Brandy, pineapple juice, simple syrup, coffee liqueur, Angostura bitters, orange bitters. 1/2 price Armagnac & Calvados flight.
If you are not an old fashion person, then try one of our great brandy cocktails from our wide array on our daily menu OR If you have not tasted our wide selection of brandy, then consider one of our flights as a great introduction. Remember the only difference between whiskey and brandy is whiskey is made from grain and brandy is made from fruit (exception being our Douglas fir which, I guess, is a kind of fruit).