Good vodka or rum drink at Eastern Standard?
- Ally Cat Apr 3, 2007 12:41 PM
We're going there for a drink before dinner on Satuday. We don't like gin, but anything else is okay.
Anything not to be missed? Many of the cocktails on the menu looked great.
Those folks at ESK take the bartending craft seriously. It's easy: ask them to suggest something with rum or vodka. They'll likely ask you a few questions to suss out your preferences, then make you something novel and wonderful. Few places in town do the classic 19th-century cocktails (e.g, the Sazerac) like them.
Some favorites (sorry I can't help with vodka cocktail suggestions): Negroni, Pegu Club, Jack Rose, Metamorphosis, The Rat, Aviation, Hemingway Daiquiri (with shaved ice, nice).
I quite liked one I had there the other day that hadn't seen before, a Hoskins: gin, Maraschino liqueur, Amer Picon, Cointreau, and orange bitters. Attractive, unusual, delicious.
I actually had an amazing cosmopolitan there a couple of weeks ago. I know it's a really simple drink to order, but there was something about it that was awesome. Also, they make a mean negroni
I agree with the other comments here, and actually love to play dumb when I go so I can get the bartenders started on their descriptions, they do take their craft seriously and know the drinks well enough to match them to your tastes. One of the only places I would trust to make most of the drinks mentioned here.
I am also into classic cocktails and have found ES to have some of the best and most knowledgable bar staff in town. They are one of the few places I have found that feature rye whiskeys which in my opinion are necessary for Manhattens, Old Fashions, Negronis, etc. ES has a great selection of excellent rye whiskeys and at least one of the bar staff seems to be an expert on each of them. You can alway get a real education on whiskeys, rums, cognacs, etc at ES from the bar staff
One of their signature drinks is called The Pelican. It's made with a house-made strawberry (I think...) vodka. It's a girlie pink thing but it's nice and smooth and not too sweet.