This week’s post, like the drink being reviewed, is short and slightly sweet. Scotch drinks aren’t exactly Kristina’s favorite, so this week I’ll be your friendly blogger (also, apologies about the picture). This Financial District bar is a personal favorite. I mean the place is literally made out of bourbon. What I mean by that is a majority of the bar’s fixtures (ceiling, railings, tables, etc) are made from recycled bourbon barrels. You walk in and you feel like you’ve been transported somewhere into the 1920’s. The bartenders all wear prohibition style clothing, the lighting is dim, and the bar is stocked with one of the larger varieties of whiskey I have seen. Another great part about this bar is they use one huge ice cube for their cocktails. This way the ice melts slower and keeps the drink cold longer. Top all this off with some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had and my liver starts salivating the minute I walk in this joint.
The Dish (in this case the drink)
This cocktail gets its name from one of the smokiest scotches around, Laphroaig. When I say smokey, I mean stick your nose in a peat campfire smokey. I’m partial to this scotch, though it’s not for the faint of heart. The Project is an attempt to wrangle that barrage of smoke into something manageable and enjoyable and boy do they nail it. The cocktail consists of the scotch, green and yellow chartreuse (herbal liquors), lemon juice, maraschino and peach bitters. This heavenly combination hits you first with a nice, sweet, herbal citrusy flavor that fades into a mellow smokey backbone. The balance is just perfect and it always tastes the same (these bartenders are very regimented). It almost drinks too easy and you have to be careful with these because this stuff is nectar of the gods quality. I heavily recommend this cocktail, even to those that don’t like scotch. It’s a one of a kind and boy is it a doozy.
A & K