It’s not just apple pies that are a famous American creation. Plenty of people also enjoy their cocktails and there are some that have American roots. We decided to explore the history of some of these drinks and show you how we put a Western twist to them.
Manhattan is not only one of the greatest American cities but it is also a classic cocktail. This whiskey-based cocktail originated in the Manhattan Club in New York City in the late 1800’s. The drink was considered to be the cocktail of choice of the elite with its name derived by people asking for “the Manhattan cocktail” since it originated there in that nightclub. It is considered to be a “get together” drink which makes it the perfect type of drink for us here at Ling & Louie’s. Our version is called “Miyagi’s Manhattan.” To make this drink “less boring” we infused it with a Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whiskey. The Japanese whiskey flavor mixed with plum bitters gives it an Asian flare that is matched by few other drinks.
Another classic American cocktail is the Pisco Punch. It was created in the 19th century in the San Francisco area. Pisco is a brandy that was created back in the 16th century using grapes that originated in Peru. It was during the California Gold Rush that the brandy became readily available stateside in California. The drink was so popular and strong that one writer described it as “tasting like lemonade with the kick of a roped steer.” The drink was popular and immortalized in the work of Mark Twain which made it a nice addition to our “Classic American Cocktails” menu, aptly called “The Prodigal Pisco Punch.” Our blend of Pisco along with pineapple syrup and lemon juice will make you feel like you are enjoying a classic while relaxing along the Mississippi River.
Who can forget Oprah and her “favorite things.” Well, one of her favorite things is one of ours as well. The Moscow Mule has an International name with American roots. This is a drink as famous and popular as the mug it comes in. The drink was dreamed up back in the 40’s by an American East Coast spirits and food distributor and the president of Cock’n’Bull Products, which created a blend of ginger beer. The drink is almost always served in a copper mug, which was used as a promotional item to introduce the drink to bars and bartenders across the country. Our Westernized version is called “The Man with the Copper Mug.” The blend of Citrus Vodka along with Thai basil, fresh lemon and Gosling’s Ginger all served in a copper mug make the drink refreshing and delightful with our dishes.
Lastly we look to the South for our final classic cocktail. The Mint Julep is synonymous with the South and all its charm. The drink is considered to be the drink of choice of those who attend the Kentucky Derby and only contains four ingredients. A proper Southern Mint Julep consists of mint leaf, bourbon, sugar syrup and crushed ice. The mint is “smashed” in the drink in the fashion of a mojito. We decided to take this drink to the next level titling it “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Julep.” Our blend mixes together Kikori Japanese Whiskey along with house-made green tea syrup and fresh mint. The whiskey along with the green-tea syrup will have you feeling like you can walk the whole “Great Wall of China.”
Cocktails are always a perfect pairing for a meal and ours are no exception. They are blended to enhance and work with our delicious dishes making sure your meal is “not boring.”