Kish and I continued our occasional sampling of new cocktails Friday night during a visit to Curio. This particular concoction is called a Salt and Pine. I ordered it because the name made was so intriguing, and made it sound like the drink must taste the sweaty floor on a basketball court (not that I know what that would taste like, of course.)
Believe it or not, this cocktail was really very good. Made with orange blossom water, vermouth, gin, lemon juice, lime juice, and salted honey syrup, finished with a lemon peel, and served in an icy, chilled glass, it had a light taste that was not too sweet. Very refreshing, indeed!
I’m not really a spirits drinker, but I’ve been enjoying our periodic forays into the world of artisanal cocktails. It’s fun to try something new.
Last night Kish and I stopped for a drink at Curio, the excellent German Village cocktail lounge connected to Harvest Pizzeria. Curio is a cozy joint with an interesting decor, a handful of private booths, and an extensive and interesting menu of concoctions, with servers and bartenders interested in providing a high-end cocktail lounge experience.
We decided to try something new, and after perusing the options we asked the server for a recommendation. She suggested a Floradora — which is actually an old cocktail dating from the early 1900s that has fallen out of favor, but one that is new to us. Happily, it’s also one of the drinks that are available for a reduced price during Happy hour.
Boy, did she steer us in the right direction! Made with Old Tom gin, homemade raspberry juice, and some other ingredients, and topped with a fresh raspberry and a skewered piece of sugared ginger, the Curio version of the Floradora is a fantastic summer drink — light, fizzy, and flavorful. How did it ever fall out of favor as a popular cocktail option?