The Metropole & Classics Thursdays

The Metropole & Classics Thursdays

We love our classic cocktails, recipes that inspired generations and survived the test of time. A few years back we got our hands on the "1935 Waldorf Astoria Bar Book," great read and lots of wonderful recipes served at the bar of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York pre-prohibition and post. Great inspiration and finds every time we open this book. 

Most recently we started planning our Classics Thursdays, a night of classic cocktails with a rotating monthly menu focusing each time on a specific spirit, theme or time period. We wanted to feature a spirit that doesn't nearly get enough love in the cocktail world. Cognac and brandy classics. We opened our trusty books and started going through each recipe from Brandy Crusta's to Coffee Cocktail. 

We stumble (after a 4-5 drinks tested, you stumble) upon cocktail called "The Metropole." It had a very attractive name and a very simple recipe. We gave it a skeptics try, and it was a pleasant surprise. 

Clean, complex and very easy to drink. 

  • 2 oz. Remy 1738 Cognac
  • 1 oz. Ransom Dry Vermouth 
  • 2 Dashes Peychauds Bitters 
  • 2 Dashes Bittered Sling Orange Juniper Extract 

Stir in a mixing glass, and serve it up in a chilled cocktail coupe with a maraschino cherry. Or, come try it along with the other offerings every Thursday this November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around the world

Around the world

Often when planning a menu we try and find inspiration from the things we love. We have always celebrated global flavors and our different heritage and backgrounds at Southport and Irving. Last spring when working on the Spring/Summer menu we looked at 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. The project was fun however the timing wasn't right and the idea got shelved. At the end of summer we were digging through our books for ideas to start conceptualizing the fall menu. A illustrated kids version of Around the World in Eighty Days was hidden between the bar books. After opening it, I knew that was going to be the inspiration behind the new menu. 

Each cocktail represents a major stop in the book. Flavors portrayals are either a direct reference to the location, historical context or a chapter of the book. When possible the presentations are whimsical and interactive with the guests. 

Staying true to the book we have a "Passport" you can get stamped for each drink you try one of our cocktails. We are in the process of barrel-aging a surprise drink that will be the "twenty thousand pound wager." If you get all 8 stamps before December 21 for a complimentary £20,000 Wager Cocktail.