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No 9 Park Drink

DTHEASH1 Jul 27, 2006 03:47 PM

Does anyone know the special cocktail of the house at No 9 Park and has anyone had success in making one at home?

  1. tatamagouche Jul 28, 2006 04:13 PM

    It's a sugar-cane liqueur, flavored w. lime/almonds/cloves, from Barbados.

    1. tatamagouche Jul 28, 2006 03:59 PM

      But do they still make that one with velvet falernum? That's awesome...unusual, probably not to everyone's liking, but it packs a wallop.

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      1. re: tatamagouche
        mhoffman Jul 28, 2006 04:08 PM

        What, pray tell, is velvet falernum?

        1. re: tatamagouche
          Rubee Jul 28, 2006 04:20 PM

          Oh wow - never had that one. You're causing trouble again.

          1. re: tatamagouche
            Alcachofa Jul 28, 2006 04:22 PM

            Yes, that is still on the drink menu. I'm not sure if they have any of the homemade maraschino cherries remaining which they were using to garnish it.

            1. re: Alcachofa
              Rubee Jul 28, 2006 04:28 PM

              Hi Alcachofa! Did you go last night, and do they still have that Negroni-like drink you mentioned earlier? I haven't been in a while so am living vicariously. It may be time for another tasting lunch!

              1. re: Rubee
                Alcachofa Jul 28, 2006 05:43 PM

                Yes, it's not listed on the menu anymore, but it's called the Contessa (since Negroni was a Count, they've deemed it his "sister" drink). I'm embarrassed to say I've already forgotten its ingredients, even though I asked again. The two Moscow Mules I ordered must have kicked the ingredients out of my head.

                In other #9 bar news, Andy is now bar manager at the Federalist, and he has been replaced by Courtney, previously of Eastern Standard.

                1. re: Alcachofa
                  Rubee Jul 28, 2006 06:36 PM

                  Great, just great. Now I have to add the Fed to my circle of bar-haunts.

          2. Alcachofa Jul 27, 2006 05:37 PM

            I think the Palmyra is the one most people think of when they think of No. 9's "house" cocktail.

            They've recently added a couple drinks which are variations on the Negroni. Both excellent and actually better than the Negroni, I thought! I forgot their names; I'll have to go tonight and remind myself.

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            1. re: Alcachofa
              mhoffman Jul 27, 2006 07:07 PM

              Lucky! I went recently and had their flight of house cocktails: Palmyra, Pear Martini, and No. 10 (I think). All very different and all delicious. They do a wonderful Pym's Cup as well, with thick cut English cucumber. So cold and so refreshing.

              1. re: mhoffman
                birdy30 Jul 28, 2006 03:53 PM

                Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" issue is out and said the Palmyra is the No. 1 cocktail.

                1. re: mhoffman
                  Rubee Jul 28, 2006 04:23 PM

                  and the BEST Mint Julep.

                  FWIW, the recipe for the Palmyra is on their website.


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                JBM Jul 27, 2006 04:21 PM

                MC Slim JM is probably right that you were thinking of the No 9 Number Ten. However, I figured I'd add my two cents about my own favorite No. 9 cocktail: the "Palmyra." I've successfully made it at home. It's 3 parts vodka, 2 parts mint simple syrup*, 1 part fresh lime juice. Shaken and served in a martini glass with a mint sprig.

                * Mint simple syrup -- bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil (say, a cup of each). Disolve sugar completely and turn off heat. Add handful of mint. Let steep for 5 min. Strain and discard the mint.

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                1. re: JBM
                  MB fka MB Jul 27, 2006 04:47 PM

                  Oooh, those palmyras are soooo good. Back when I was money (ah, the good ol' dotcom days) I used to valet the car to spend another $12 on those drinks. 'Course, now I'm on my bike and looking for a cheap caipirhina somewhere, but whatever.

                  Thanks for the recipe JBM! I can re-live the good ol' days!

                2. MC Slim JB Jul 27, 2006 04:12 PM

                  Hey, I wasn't too far off! Here's the actual No. 9 Number Ten recipe, as published in the Herald last January:

                  2 1/2 oz Tanqueray Ten gin
                  1/2 oz Campari
                  1 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
                  Lime wedge

                  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, Campari and grapefruit juice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with lime wedge. Makes one cocktail.

                  1. MC Slim JB Jul 27, 2006 03:57 PM

                    I'd rate most of the cocktails on their list as "special" -- few bars in town approach their level of cocktail cheffery -- but I'll guess you are referring to the No. 9 Number Ten, a very nice drink. Recreating it would be a fun home experiment.

                    I'm guessing it's something like 2 oz of Tanqueray Ten, 2 oz of fresh grapefuit juice, 1 oz of Camapari and maybe 1 oz of Cointreau (not sure about this last one, I just don't see many three-ingredient cocktails here), shaken over ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass, maybe garnished with a grapefruit twist.

                    The bar staff at Eastern Standard, which includes several former No. 9 people, also knows how to make this drink, though it is not on ESK's official cocktail list. Maybe you could coax one of them into revealing the recipe.

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