• Signature Drink: Traditional Sazerac

     
    POSTED September 24, 2018
     

What better way to toast the changing of the leaves and arrival of cool fall breezes than with a cozy snifter of Sazerac crafted by the talented Esker Grove bar manager Jon Olson?

Nestled between the Walker Art Center’s contemporary collections and iconic Minneapolis landmarks, Esker Grove has attracted a following of its own. The restaurant was recently named one of the Travel Channel’s 10 best international museum restaurants and has quickly become a favorite local spot to enjoy New American fare and creative cocktails. 

With two full floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the airy space is also the perfect spot for private events. “It’s a very open, bright, naturally lit space with truly great light and a gorgeous view,” says General Manager Kim Tong. “Guests can enjoy their event in an urban space while looking out at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Basilica of Saint Mary, and the view from the outside looking in is just as interesting and inviting.” 

INGREDIENTS:
» 70 ml Old Overholt rye whiskey
» 7.5 ml Demerara syrup *
» 10 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
» rinse of absinthe or Herbsaint liqueur 

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingredients in a stirring glass. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds. Rinse a lowball glass with a splash of absinthe and a few small pieces of ice. Swirl until absinthe becomes cloudy and viscus. Coat the walls of the glass and discard absinthe in another glass. Strain into a rinsed glass. Express a lemon peel over cocktail and discard. 

*DEMERARA SYRUP:
Add 2 parts Demerara sugar and 1 part water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool, then keep refrigerated.

 

Courtesy of Jon Olson, Esker Grove bar manager | hello@eskergrove.com

INGREDIENTS
—.5 oz. St-Germain
—.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
—1 strawberry
—1.5 oz. Aviation Gin
—Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
—fresh mint

DIRECTIONS
Add strawberry to St-Germain and lemon juice; muddle ingredients. Transfer mixture to a shaker tin filled with ice along with gin. Shake and double strain into a martini coupe. Top up with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic and garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

Get ready for fall with this seasonally appropriate cocktail. Corgi Spirits, an independent small-batch distillery located in Jersey City, has hosted a variety of private events including corporate parties; catering is BYO. The Lounge—a plush drinking parlor—is spacious yet cozy and the entire tasting room can be rented to accommodate larger groups.

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
—3 oz. fresh apple cider
—0.25 oz. ginger simple syrup*
—3 thyme sprigs
—thyme sprig for garnish

 

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Sotol
—.5 oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco
—.75 oz. lime juice
—.75 oz. mint simple syrup
—.25 oz. Amargo-Vallet
—soda
—mint

DIRECTIONS:
Combine Sotol, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, lime juice and mint simple syrup in a shaker, shake and strain into a Collins glass. Add ice and top with soda, slapped mint and a straw. Finally, top with an Amargo-Vallet float to create two distinct layers.