ENJOY AT: La Aparición, the speakeasy inside Mint to be Mojito Bar
MADE WITH: Pumpkin Spice Shrub, dry wine, Diplomático Mantuano Rum
You’ve got four ounces of a dry wine. In this particular one I used a Pinot Noir. Any wine that’s going bad, you can always repurpose the wine. The life is still in the wine. I recommend anything dry, like a merlot or anything like that. Something fun and something spicy. Then I used the Diplomático Mantuano Rum, it’s a dark sipping rum but it’s delicious. We do an ounce and a half of the rum. Then you can do an ounce of the Pumpkin Spice Shrub.
All of those fun Fall and Winter spice are the flavor profiles you’ll get with the drink. Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices. I was thinking about a malt wine because it’s seasonal and then put the spiced shrub with the wine.
Meet the Bartender: Miller Wright
I like a lot of the stuff we make here. One of my favorites right now, is the Bacardi Alejandro. It’s kind of a Christmasy cocktail. It tastes kind of like baileys or kind of like eggnog. It’s very nice.
We’ve taken this space back here and turned into into an IBA standard cocktail bar. Every week we change out which drinks we have on the menu. We will have usually three to five different cocktails to choose from. All of them based off of what the staff likes, what are in season, and what have been the most popular. Everyone gets a little bit of input.
I’m a bourbon guy by nature, but I like gin cocktails more. We have a good selection of them here. One of my favorites is the Bees Knees. It’s got some lemon, honey, Old Tom Gin, and orange juice. It is spectacular.
I’m the lead bartender back here. My favorite part about working here is the craft, the ambiance, and the way I get to interact with people that come in and get to hangout with me. The thing that I like is to get to build up a relationship with the people and to give them something they’re going to remember. Something that’s going to stick with them throughout their whole trip here or maybe it’s something that will keep them coming back if they live here.
Also on the menu:
Barcardi Gold, Creme de Cacao, Heavy Cream, and garnished with nutmeg