Classic vs. Classy

Our Food Editor breaks down these local cocktails.

(L to R) The classic Old Fashioned and the Classy Crisp Caipirinha

There is certainly no definitive right and wrong when it comes to tradition versus modernity in food-and-drink culture. So, whether you prefer adherence to established recipes or think outside-the-glass and want some innovation in your cocktail, peruse the chart below for contrasting drink renditions from some of the top bar programs around the county. 




Hudson Breeze

Hudson Social, $14
Bacardi Coconut Rum, pineapple, cranberry, orange juice, Don Q 151 Rum

Sustainable Sea Breeze

Alvin & Friends, $11
American Harvest Organic Vodka, freshly squeezed orange and cranberry juices, agave nectar

The Twisted Mule

Lilly’s, $11
Ketel One Orange vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, simple syrup

Mumbai Mule

Coriander, $11
House-cured honey-ginger vodka, grapefruit, fig jam, lime

Old Fashioned

RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen, $15
High West Double Rye, Old Fashion Aromatic bitters, lemon peel, sugar

Honey Old Fashioned

Buns-N-Bourbon, $11
Old Forester Bourbon, honey, blended orange and aromatic bitters, honey sugar cube

Ardsley Palmer

L’inizio, $14
House-brewed iced tea, citron vodka, lemon

Tipsy Arnold Palmer

City Perch, $12
Rare Tea Cellar lemon berry meritage iced tea, vodka, fresh lemonade

Patrón Perfect Margarita

Vega Mexican, $13
Patrón Silver Tequila, Patrón Citronage, fresh lime juice

Hibiscus Margarita

Moderne Barn, $13
Tequila, hibiscus simple syrup, lime juice, chili-salted rim   

Southern Lemonade

Village Beer Garden, $7
Bourbon, mint, lemon, soda

Strawberry Lemonade

Mima Vinoteca, $12
Tito’s vodka, house-pickled strawberries, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup 

Classic Caipirinha

RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen, $15
Movo Fogo Cachaca, lime, demerara sugar

Crisp Caipirinha

The Iron Vine, $10
Cachaca, lime, and homemade cucumber-apple shrub

Classic Mojito

La Bella Havana,  $12
Light rum, fresh mint, fresh lime, sugarcane, soda-water splash

Birchberry Mojito

The Birch Collective, $14
Bacardi Limón Rum, Cointreau, raspberry and rhubarb purée, fresh citrus juice, mint, sugarcane

Bloody Mary

tredici NORTH, $10
Vodka, tomato juice, salt, pepper, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco

A Good Pork

The Mill, $12
Triple Eight Vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, bacon salt rim, and more bacon




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