Nothing like a trip to Bryant’s to get caught up! Brother Mark and I (along with another of Mark’s friends) stopped by there not too long ago for a Men’s League night. We were delighted to find Emily, Michael and Katie Rose behind the bar. That always means good things are in store for us!
My first was an effort from Emily, and it was fantastic! Named the Robin’s Nest (see the picture), she used Hendrick’s gin, Domaine de Canton liqueur, lime juice, rich syrup and muddled cucumber, salt and pickled ginger to create a dazzling mix of ginger and cucumber flavors. The rich syrup is fuller and, well, richer – and is made with demerara sugar instead of the regular white sugar I use in my bar syrup. This was an outstanding drink from Emily and if you walk ito Bryant’s and find her behind the bar you really need to try one of these.
Next up was a no name cocktail from Michael that he put together to satisfy my craving for something in rye and orange flavors. His cocktail included Sazerac rye whiskey, Aperol, orange bitters and Lillet Blanc. A very tasty cocktail, this one had just the right mix of sweet orange and floral flavors that complimented the Sazerac extremetly well. I enjoyed sipping this one as we bantered with each other and the other patrons at the bar.
My last drink of the night was a Katie Rose effort, and she put together a fantastic effort. Following up on my rye and orange inclination, she used Sazerac rye, Aperol, Punt e Mes, Cynar, Reagan’s bitters, Angostura bitters and lemon juice. You would think between the bitters, Cynar and Punt e Mes that this would be a very bitter, difficult drink. It wasn’t, though. The Aperol helps sweeten it back up, counteracting the bitter flavor of the Cynar (which is a liqueur made from artichoke among other things) and the Punt e Mes, which is a bitter Italian vermouth. The flavors in this cocktail are bold and strong, yet also work well together, creating a taste explosion in my mouth. Well done Katie, especially considering she overcame a sprained thumb which made shaking painful for her.
If you are in Milwaukee and have not been to Bryant’s you really do need to try it out – you won’t be disappointed.