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Brought on by real life experience, my wife, Lindsay, and I found in our travels the grueling experience of finding what we considered legitimate cocktail spots. We found ourselves starring at our iPhones, on countless apps and websites, for hours on end, reading others’ reviews of what they considered to be a good cocktail. More times than not, though, our endless research brought us to bars and restaurants that had the best bubblegum martini in town. Yikes!
Where the resurgence of the speak-easy style lounge was once only in cities such as New York, Chicago and L.A. 10 years ago, we’re now seeing the craft of cocktailing, headed and explored by professionals, popping up in the most unassuming places. Over and out are the pre made sour mixes, flavored vodkas, painfully sweet well mixers and drinks made with no attention or love. In are the slings, sours, punches, fizzes, swizzles, grogs, smashes and cocktails of any nature that use only fresh squeezed juice, daily syrups, bitters, consciously tested spirits and are made with measured precision. Like true chefs prep in the kitchen, letting things marinade and stew for hours, so the consummate bartender will use his laborious and sometimes month long infusions and tinctures to pay equal attention to the drink he hands you, You’ll love him and yourself for it.
Functioanlly, this app operates off of a 5 star rating system. Things to note about this? By virtue of being included in our database all restaurants and bars here are better than your average watering hole. A clear shot above rest. The 5 stars reflect the intensity, though, at which any establishment focuses on its cocktail program. It does not reflect anything about the overall menu (though most establishments here are also chasing local, organic and sustainable food handed by impeccable service). 1 star will reflect the places that, though it’s not their sole identity, offer a few drinks with historical relevance and/or some forward thinking flavor profile behind it. Manhattan? Simple. Manhattan with brandy macerated, organic cherries and plum bitters? THAT’S PourTaste. Work you’re way up the rating system to the 5 star joints. These are the places that are leading the imbibing culture daily, embracing the sole identity as a cocktail aficionados haunt, making everything, besides the liquor (and sometimes that), in house. House cordials, house bitters, house syrups, house tonics, house sodas, house everything. We will feature a Drink of the Week as well, supplied in part by participating venues and their bar staff.
We live in an amazing age of the cocktail. While having a grand scope of a much respected past, bartenders and chefs alike are pushing the envelope for flavor, quality and detail in everything they serve. This is the new norm. We’re just shining a much needed light on it.