July 2, 2015 – The Republic Steakhouse
Here we are again… a centennial event! The 200th “official” blog cocktail! The first centennial cocktail milestone was reached on September 25, 2014, aptly named The 100. I had the honor of working with Sean this time, with the idea of a melting pot of ingredients from different countries and using my very favorite cocktail, the Vieux Carré as a jumping off point. This is what we came up with, and I must say, it’s pretty dang good!
3/4 oz. Kammer-Kirch Williams Birne pear brandy (Germany)
1 1/2 oz. High West Rendevous rye whiskey (USA)
3/4 oz. Gran Classico Bitter (Italian-like)
1/2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 (United Kingdom)
1/2 oz. Cointreau (France)
2 dashes Bitterman’s Burlesque bitters
Stir in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist.
A complex but balanced cocktail with very nice body. It is slightly sweet with a rather strong herbal and bitter bite and a nice orange nose from the twist backed up by the Cointreau. This is quite a powerful drink; I barely got through my second one before things went all warm and tingly.
Yet again, I absolutely MUST express my continuing and undying affection and respect for the men and women of The Republic. After almost a year and a half of opening those heavy wooden doors and walking in to smiles and greetings and hugs every Thursday night, this project has only become more fun and more satisfying. We’ve had “the gang” over for a crawfish boil and a couple of grill-outs, sharing laughter and liquor, and we’ve joined them for farewell get-togethers and general day-off letting loose. We have come to love these people, and they, us.
There were staff changes, most notably the departure of McKay after marrying his best girl, Christi, and the subsequent birth of Fletcher, who is Fletcher-ific to the extreme. Sean has moved on to Dallas. Luckily, his last night behind the bar was this same night of the Bicentennial. McKay has been back visiting and to pick up a shift here and there, and we hope to see Sean again as soon as he’s able to make it back. The replacement bartenders, Ben and Brandon, have been filling the gaps most admirably. Ryan and Zach are now the old hands and keep things running as smoothly as ever.
I’m looking forward to the next 100 cocktails (anyone want to suggest a 300-themed name?) and many, many more Thursday evenings… and the occasional Monday… sometimes a Tuesday… Wednesdays are good, too.
The Lads – (left to right) Zach, Ben, Sean, Ryan, Chris, Brandon, and McKay