March 31, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse
Wow! For the third time in this project’s history… here we are for a centennial celebration! First it was The 100, then the Bicentennial, and now, with a loose nod to the only 300 reference I could come up with (actually, it was Lyndal’s bestie, Savannah, that first floated the Spartan idea), we have… *drum roll* …
1 1/2 oz. The Botanist Gin
1/2 oz. Suze Saveur d’Autrefois
3/4 oz. Royal Combier Grand Liqueur
1/2 oz. quinquina*
*Notes incomplete; I’ll get back to you on the specific brand.
Stir well with ice in in a mixing glass. Pour over ice in a lovely, but pretentious, antique wine glass. Twist grapefruit peel over glass and run along the rim. Drop peel artfully into the glass.
This incredibly complex and delicious cocktail was a group effort by my darling lads behind the bar. Ryan started with The Botanist Gin, Zach came in with the Suze, McKay added the Royal Combier, and Ben finished it off with both the quinquina and the grapefruit twist.
This is a little on the sweet side, but there is enough bitterness to balance it out very nicely. There are strong herbal notes. The grapefruit twist is fabulous in this drink; the brightness of it moves up my nose with every sip. This drink has everything I love about a cocktail. Fantastic effort by all involved!
Here we are again. Two years, three hundred cocktails, and I’m still over-the-moon in love with these people and this place. McKay couldn’t stay away, and it’s been a great thing to have his particular brand of charming grumpiness back with us on Thursdays. We still miss Sean terribly. Ryan, Zach, Ben, and Brandon are still making us feel at home, and Chris continues to add his musical talent when we’re there on our usual night and his bar tending skills when we’re there other times.
Here’s to the next one hundred cocktails (it’s getting thin though…. I just won’t think about when we finally get to the last one)! I can hardly wait!
The Lads (some of them) – March 31, 2016
In searching for a Spartan toast to add, I came across the interesting mention by Plato’s uncle, Kritias, that drinking toasts, as we know them, were not practiced in ancient Sparta, the reasoning being that they encouraged over-indulgence. So…
Χαῖρε πολλά! (Kaíre pollá!) (Ancient Greek)