The Red Light District

Broadway Inn Bar and Grill

“We consider our cocktail menu one of the best-kept secrets in town,” says Broadway manager Dave Jenks, as a packed room on a Wednesday belies the idea that it’s any kind of secret at all. During the spring and summer, the Red Light District is one of Jenks’ favorite drinks. He and his brother Jeff invented it at a bar they owned in Sitka, Alaska. “It’s an extremely refreshing cocktail with a strong grapefruit and slight floral presence that packs a punch — so be careful, they catch up to you quick.”

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What you need

1.5 oz Aperol

1 oz Beefeater gin

1 oz St-Germain

3/4 oz. fresh-pressed lime juice

Dash of simple syrup

How to make it

The drink is shaken, and can either be served up, or on a large rock garnished with a lime twist.


Bumble Bee

Montgomery Distillery

Montgomery Distillery’s downtown tasting room offers a menu of cocktails made with the distillery’s own spirits, but it also has a full Temperance Menu that makes it welcoming of designated drivers and others who prefer not to partake. “As our cocktail menu features a variety of flavors and techniques from the pre-Prohibition era, so does our ‘temperance’ or nonalcoholic corner of the menu allude to similar methods, sans spirit,” says bartender Philip Schaefer.

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What you need

1 oz. Housemade Wüstner Brothers honey shrub (equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar, reduced into a syrup). Montgomery sells this by the bottle in its tasting room, as do many liquor and grocery stores.

1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

5-6 oz. soda water

How to make it

Build in a Mason jar over ice, stir and garnish with a healthy sprig of rosemary.


Spanish Gin and Tonic

Rumour

Rumour’s head bartender, Sean Kautz, says he created the Spanish Gin and Tonic after discovering Wheeler’s Gin from Santa Fe, New Mexico. “It’s the best gin I’ve ever tasted,” he says, noting that the botanicals in the spirit — osha root, white desert sage, cactus flower, hop flowers and juniper — give it a unique flavor profile. Kautz adds spices that complement the gin and make for an aromatic drink to be savored. “I suggest not drinking it with straws. Enjoy the profile of the drink and get your nose into it,” he says.

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What you need

1 1/2 oz Wheeler’s gin

2 cinnamon sticks

Pinch coriander seeds

Pinch cardamom seeds

Star anise

Pinch juniper berries

1/4 – 1/2 oz. lime juice

Tonic water

How to make it

Add the spices to the gin, then add the lime juice. Finish with tonic water and ice.

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