Saturday, September 29, 2012

Exhibit #115: Various & Sundries: A Farewell to Fausz

Tonight’s menu is a salute to John Fausz, who has assisted me on Sunday nights for a bit more than two years out of the three that we’ve been doing this. As we all must do at some point or another, he is moving on and tonight is his last night. He’s been many things to the Royale… Ringleader of Employee Hazing, Various & Sundries Manager, Drinker of Anything, Beer Policeman… but most especially a fearless partner on Sunday nights. He’s never shied away from challenging drinks or menus, and in fact has even been particularly enthusiastic about drinks that would leave many bartenders screaming for the door. As such, John has chosen tonight’s drinks from our past menus by employing the ever-reliable strategy of, “I was drinking, and these seemed good.”
May the Fausz be with you.

Corpse Reviver no. 3 $12
Perhaps the least known of the cadavers – here we have equal measures of VSOP cognac, Campari, and Cointreau, with a half measure of lemon juice, up.

Lion’s Tail $8
4 parts bourbon to 1 part each allspice dram and lime juice with a couple dashes of Angostura, up. From 1920s England via the Café Royal, and a fine cocktail at that, bursting with cooler weather holiday flavors.

Morning Glory Fizz $9
Harry Johnson’s morning drink par excellence: scotch whisky, lemon and lime juices, sugar, a wee bit of absinthe, egg white, club soda, up. First published in 1882. "The above drink must be drank as soon as prepared, so as not to lose the effect of it. The author respectfully recommends the above drink as an excellent morning beverage, which will give a good appetite and quiet the nerves."

Pink Lady $9
Dry gin, apple brandy, lemon juice, pomegranate syrup, and egg white, up. The manliest pink drink going.

Porto Flip $9
Port wine, Martell VSOP cognac, cream, a whole egg, a little sugar, grated nutmeg, and a yellow Chartreuse float. Not to be confused with the basic Port Flip, this was a between-the-wars find from Charles H. Baker Jr.

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club $8
Some nice rum (Zacapa), lime juice, falernum, and a couple dashes of Grand Marnier, up. This Daiquiri variation comes from tiki progenitor Trader Vic and is a missing link between classic cocktail construction and tiki complexity.

Saratoga Cocktail $11
We’ve long championed the mighty Saratoga as one of the principal Cocktails You Should Know. Superficially, it’s a Manhattan (and similarly, dates from the 1870s) with cognac stepping in for half of the whiskey and adding an extra dash of bitters, but in the glass it’s so much more. All top shelf: equal parts Bulleit rye, Martell VSOP, and Carpano Antica, 2 dashes Angostura, up.

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