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Cocktail Recommendations at No. 9 Park?

I've heard the cocktails at No. 9 Park are outstanding and I'm looking forward to imbibing one or two when I visit. However, while I know wines fairly well, I don't know many cocktails (other than the martini and its various iterations, & the margarita) so I'm looking for some suggestions.

Anyone have a No. 9 Park cocktail favorite they'd recommend? No need to ask what I like, I have a wide-ranging palate and am happy to try just about anything.

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  1. As someone without an excessive amount of cocktail knowledge, I usually go with something off their cocktail menu. Last time I went, I really enjoyed my Italian greyhound, a simple concoction of grapefruit juice and Punt e Mes vermouth. A few springs ago, I remember having a terrific gimlet.

    1. I'd gravitate toward drinks that few other Boston-area bars are doing: variants on flips, Champagne cocktails, Manhattans (Brooklyn, Green Point, Red Hook), Ramos Fizz, and so on.

      Some cocktails I've really enjoyed there: Tom and Jerry (rarely seen, really extraordinary, though maybe better after dinner, certainly best saved for cold weather -- it's traditionally a Christmas drink), Pegu Club, Sazerac, Aviation, Moto Guzzi, Hoskins, Red Ken, Negroni, Sidecar. They're noodling with absinthe these days.

      It's impossible to go wrong; it's fun to just give them some hints about spirits you prefer and see what they come up with. An amazing place, a dream for serious cocktail lovers.

      1. Without a doubt what you want to order is a Screaming Viking.

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        1. re: Gabatta

          Do you prefer your cucumber bruised?

        2. I'd agree with finlero and MC Slim, for me it's the place that really got me into cocktails. The Manhattan variations are great. They have a Copenhagen on the menu now which is great. I also really enjoy the flips, particularly a rye flip.

          1. Thanks everyone, I'm psyched! A Screaming Viking? A Rye Flip? A Moto Guzzi? Yowza. Sounds great. We have reservations for tomorrow evening (3/15) so plenty of time for more recommendations to "pour" in. Ha.

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            1. re: lescaret

              > plenty of time for more recommendations to "pour" in.

              Ouch, it hurts so good I want to revoke my earlier post. I kid, I kid, I'm just miffed I didn't think of it first.

              Incidentally, Bluebell's suggestion below for the champagne cocktail flight is a good one. If you get them, be careful, they're stronger than they taste.

              1. re: lescaret

                Unless No. 9 Park has gotten all postmodern and actually named a drink "Screaming Viking", it's actually just a joke reference to a fake cocktail in an episode of Cheers. So don't order that unless you see it on the menu.

                1. If you want to try several different things, I highly recommend their "flights." I had the champagne one last time, and really enjoyed my first Seelbach!

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                  1. re: Bluebell

                    First of all, I am jealous of your screen name (Horace Rumpole). Excellent choice. Second, I was at 9 Park recently and ordered what I think was the Aviator flight (3 small glasses, each a variation on a gin cocktail). I have to say I did not love it, although it was very interesting. One of the 3, maybe the one with the "1943" designation, was just sour, but the other two were OK, but only OK.

                  2. I'm addicted to their "Number 10" (Tangueray No. 10 gin, campari, grapefruite juice) which I now make at home and ask other bartenders to replicate. (One of the bartenders at Eastern Standard made a great one for me on Tuesday night!)

                    1. The first time I went to No. 9 Park, i had the Palmyra and it was one of the best drinks I have ever had.

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                      1. re: mvi

                        and I think the Palmyra is the one with the way cute garnish made with a lime wedge and mint, yes? I wanted to try it, but the champagne flight was enough for me!

                        1. re: Bluebell

                          That is the one. I loved it so much and they gave me the recipe. I have made it at home for parties using different vodka, but I'll always remember that one at No. 9 Park. The trick is putting the mint into the simple syrup right after the sugar dissolves so that the it becomes totally infused with the mint flavor. And of course, using fresh lime juice.

                          1. re: mvi

                            I've been creating the Palmyra at home also. If you lose your receipe, it is posted on the web.

                            No. 9 uses Rain vodka and I've become a convert. I'm not a big vodka drinker, but I must say corn vodka is now my preference.

                      2. Their Pear Martini is just one of my favorite cocktails. It might be a bit overdone now, but no one makes one as good as theirs. I have never been able to duplicate it at home to my satisfaction. I think they have a flight of cocktails, no? I'm sure they did once.

                        1. I don't remember what it was called, but a month or so ago I had a cocktail there made with cayenne and maple. Odd, but surprisingly AWESOME.

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                          1. re: Lorcasaur

                            That would be the Scoville Sour - equal parts gin and fresh lemon juice, a bit of maple syrup and some fresh cayenne pepper - I had it once and have been re-creating at home every sense - YUM.

                            1. re: natecsd

                              I was trying to remember the name of the last wonderful drink I had there - and that was it! - Thanks for posting your re-creation. I may give it a try

                              1. re: cindywho

                                No10 is great, they gave me the printed recepie on how to make it at home, guess I was not the first one who asked, but it was not even close to the one they make, I think they put in less Campari, and an egg white for smoothness, I played with it a lot at home, still cannot make it as good as the one at the restaurant. Any hints or ideas?

                                1. re: Atos

                                  Here is an old thread in which the recipe is discussed:

                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/312817

                                  I've been able to recreate it following this recipe (and, as you point out, cutting back a bit on the campari). I can't imagine, though, that they use an egg. Also, it helps a lot to use a chilled martini glass and crushed ice, and to shake vigorously before straining.

                                  Also, although one of the bartenders at Eastern Standard made me a great one using canned grapefruit juice, you really should use fresh grapefruit juice, which is available at Whole Foods.

                                  1. re: Blumie

                                    "you really should use fresh grapefruit juice" >>> Fully agreed. That makes a HUUUUUUGE difference.

                                    I also doubt there are any other ingredients not listed. Definitely no egg white in this drink.

                                    Back to the question at hand, I finally had a "Copenhagen" the other night. It brings the yum.

                                2. re: cindywho

                                  The Scoville Sour at No. 9 is the best new drink I've had in while! One ingredient missed above was honey. An other great innovation at No. 9!