Generally, people have specific drinking preferences. A self-reflecting moment may allow you to find that you have one or two drinks that you retreat to when dining out or engaging in your own, personal happy hour. While this method is reliable, it can become a real snoozer. Once things become predictable, no one is interested anymore. Luckily the folks at Yahoo! have found the coolest, new drinks across America, accessible by most of you Joonbugers!
Part 1: The East Coast!
Demi Monde, New York City
90 Broad Street Drink: "The Gun Metal"
A summer restaurant opening should be accompanied by the creation of a summer friendly drink. Demi Monde is new to Manhattan and is working hard to make its presence known. The Gun Metal starts when Dolin Blanc Vermouth, fresh watermelon, salt and citric acid undergo a vacuum process that removes the air. Beefeater gin is then added with some orange bitters. The result: a mellow, relaxing drink sure to bring relief to any heat wave.
The Columbia Room, Washington, D.C. 1021 7th Street NW Drink: "The Almost Home"
Talk about authentic! The Columbia Room houses its own rooftop apiary, which bartender Katie Nelson extracts honey from in the face of 60,000 bees. After she strains the honey Katie uses lavender blossoms, La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry and Yamazaki whiskey to create the Almost Home. Garnished with the peel of a grapefruit this drink gets straight to the point.
Aviary, Chicago 955 West Fulton Market Drink: "In the Rocks"
Housing some of the most interactive drinks around is the Aviary in the windy city. In the Rocks comes with the appearance of an egg. It is actually an egg shaped piece of ice sat strategically in a rocks glass. Once you crack the icy egg open, out spills a combination of bourbon, demerara syrup and Angostura bitters known as Old Fashioned. A classic drink presented in an innovative way, that’s how you keep from being predictable.
Broken Shaker, Miami Drink: "Durian Killer"
Miami has to be anchored by its frozen drink options; otherwise it would be an island. Broken Shaker clearly noted this when creating the Durian Killer, allowing the former pop up to soon gain permanent access. It starts with a coconut vinegar syrup created by combining Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, flesh of Thai coconuts, ginger juice and the nectar of an agave. The syrup is blended with Asian durian fruit and Atlantico Platino and Smith & Cross rums. Topped off with pineapple juice and bitters, this drink is truly Miami.
Like Thomas Edison said, “There’s a better way to do it—find it!”
Check out Part II: The West Coast for our westside favorites!