Thanks to Toney Teddy Fernandez for the photos.
The drink list of Riccardo Corbetta of Harp Pub Guinness has arrived, just in time for the colder weather season. Below are the highlights of his most ambitious drink list yet, with my favorites being the Underwood, Alaska cocktail, Julien and The Count, and Inglorious Mustard. Assisting me in the drink reviews this time was special guest Devin Cross of ABV brands and ex-head bartender of Outrage of Modesty.
The best of the new list
Alaska cocktail (9/10) Ricky's version of the classic cocktail, featuring Heyman's gin, Tio Pepe, yellow Chartreuse and orange bitters. Simple, tarty and well presented, it doesn't try too hard and delivers a lot of drinking joy. Give me 5.
Inglorious mustard (8.5/10) This odd daiquiri features Bacardi reserva, mostarda, lemon, grapefruit juice and italian parsley. t shouldn't work but it does. Fresh, mustardy. The spiciness and acidity are in perfect balance. Surprisingly morish and intriguing. Of note: this recipe made it onto Teo Stafforini's best daiquiri in Italy menu at Casa Mia.
Julien e Il Conte (9/10) Containing Farmily, celery bitters, lemon, egg white, this refreshing and sour drink is one of our favorites on the new menu.
Old Truffle (7/10) Features truffled honey, Angostura and tequila reposado. This revisited tequila old fashioned is most ambitious drink on the menu. The Old Truffle is pleasingly austere and an insanely beautiful nose. On the palate the drink is awkward but enjoyable. The cheese pairing is a must to appreciate this taste bud challenging drink
Goodnight Prague (8.5/10) A punch featuring everyone's favorite Becherovka combined with tea, grapefruit juice, lime and saffron syrup. The sweetness of the Prague spirit is balanced by the tartness of the grapefruit/lime in this delectable drink. It can enjoyed two ways: either hot or cool.
The Underwood (9.5/10) Featuring Cluny 5 yo, Macchia vermouth, Porcino Calabro, Talisker Skye and saline solution. The mushrooms from the Porcino Calabro liqueur give an extra layer to the whisky base (1j.5 oz Cluny, 1 spoon of Talisker). 'Na bomba Ricky!