#ALIVEHoliday: Local Must-Try Cocktails to Brighten Your Season
The winter season comes with many traditional flavors and what better way to enjoy them than mixing them into boozy drinks? We’ve found a selection of libations served at some of St. Louis’ best bars and restaurants to try today.
John Fausz calls the Trinidad Sour, which was featured this month on the “2014 In Review” cocktail list, his “drink of the year.” The relatively new drink (coming from New York City in the last decade) uses a “crazy ratio” of classic ingredients: Orgeat, rye, lemon juice and angostura bitters. With usually just a dash in most drinks, there is an entire ounce of bitters, making it the base spirit for the drink. An ounce of orgeat balances out the bitterness with sweet almond flavors and brings out the clove and allspice notes of the angostura. Whiskey and lemon merely round it out. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, 314.932.1088
Taste by Niche
Bar manager Kyle Mathis suggests his Nola Chai (Small’s gin, St. Elizabeth allspice liqueur, George Nola coffee liqueur, Angostura bitters, egg) as the perfect seasonal cocktail, which highlights all the great flavors of a dirty chai latte—cardamom, all spice, clove, cinnamon and coffee. 4584 Laclede Ave., Central West End, 314.361.1200
Gamlin Whiskey House
Rye The Knot, a combination of Knob Creek Rye infused with fresh sage blended perfectly into a house-made salted honey syrup, is a perfect drink to share with the one you love this holiday season. The cocktail—dubbed “the perfect marriage of sweet, salty and spicy” by Gamlin’s corporate bartender Dustin Parres— is brought to full swing with the addition of freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice and served over ice. 236 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.875.9500
The Central West End dining destination has a cocktail list that allows the freshest, seasonal ingredients shine, like the Spiced Apple Cider made with apple-, cranberry- and cinnamon-infused bourbon served with sparkling apple cider. 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227
The Restaurant at the Cheshire
Whether a guest of the hotel or not, the drinking and dining establishment complete with a stone fireplace makes for a very cozy atmosphere this time of year. Try the Monks Manhattan, a blend of rye whiskey, Benedictine and dry vermouth topped with four dashes of whiskey bitters to keep you warm. 7036 Clayton Ave., Hi-Pointe, 314.932.7818
All you need to enjoy the STL view atop the Hilton at the Ballpark hotel’s bar is a comforting drink. Try the Espresso Lane made with Frangelico and Godiva chocolate shaken with espresso. For the non-coffee lovers, Angel With a Lead Foot combines Ultimate vodka infused with fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla—shaken with a splash of Rumchata. 1 S. Broadway, Downtown, 314.241.8439
Anyone that has been to this Lafayette Square spot knows the cocktail list is vast and delicious. While any choice in the inviting atmosphere is a good one, consider Wilson’s Flip this winter—Plantation 5-year rum, Nonino Amaro, white crème de cacao, egg, cold press coffee, Angostura bitters, St. Elizabeth allspice dram and nutmeg. 1000 Mississippi Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.696.2603
Tree House Restaurant
This vegan- and vegetarian-friendly South Grand spot celebrated its new upstairs bar space, The Night Owl by Tree House, with a classic and bitter seasonal drink titled Fallen Leaves—a blend of Berneroy Calvados, dry and sweet Vermouth, Cognac, lemon and garnished with a lemon twist. 3177 S. Grand Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.696.2100
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