The brand new variety of cocktail list, using its eccentrically named spirits and esoteric brands, sometimes needs just as much interpretation being an overwhelming wine menu. More than ever before, serious bartenders need to promote an articulate exchange with customers. A gratifying example: Four people were at Midtown’s late-night haven Top Flr on the Saturday at the begining of spring. We known as out our drink orders to bartenders Tres Bullard. I requested for that Trade Route: Scarlet Ibis aged rum, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Boomsma Jonge Genever (a Nederlander gin), and bitters, using the glass swirled with Batavia-Arrack van Oosten (an Indonesian sugar cane spirit) and cherry Heering. It had been the type of heady drink I like.
When Bullard-tall, blond, inked-requested when we needed for an additional round, I requested him if he might make something such as the Trade Route. He returned behind the bar and set his mind lower in thought. He grabbed Scarlet Ibis again for that base but exchanged the gin for Bonal Gentiane Quina, a French aperitif4 using the whomp of quinine exchanged the Carpano Antica for Cocchi Americano (a vermouthlike Italian aperitivo) and handle the concoction with Angostura and mole chocolate bitters and Becherovka, a Czech digestif. It had exactly the same mix-continental flavors but being lighter and much more suitable for the nice and cozy evening. That sort of in-the-moment hospitality turns drop-ins into regulars. 674 Myrtle Street, topflr.com