Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Kiowa Bryan (above) and Kevin Tidwell have brought a new tradition to The Eveleigh, the comfortable spot on the Sunset Strip that makes rather good cocktails. Each Sunday evening will feature a list of four original farmers' market inspired creations and Bryan and Tidwell will rotate weeks crafting the menus.
This past Sunday was Bryan's week, and the Fig Ol' Bitties was downright delicious and attractively garnished with a fig in a lemon peel on a skewer. The cocktail is made with Willet rye, house-made fig syrup, and Miracle Mile Fig Bitters. Even with the double dose of fig, the rye was able to stand up to it and come out on top. This drink was so enjoyable that a drinking companion of mine finished it off once he had drunk a sip.
Another winner was the Mai Cherry Amour, made with cherry infused rum, orgeat, lime juice, Royal Combier, Allspice dram. It is finished with a float of Goslings Dark Rum and garnished with a sprig of mint and some nutmeg sprinkled on top. Nutmeg appears to the trendy ingredient of the hour in cocktails, having seen it everywhere lately from the Spare Room to Library Bar. I worried that this drink might be too sweet but it was not; rather it was refreshing - the perfect cocktail for a lazy summer afternoon.
The other cocktails on offer were the Kentucky Beet Down (below) with beets, bourbon, lemon juice, honey and ginger; and the Midori Sour with chamomile infused tequila, green chartreuse, sage syrup, lemon juice and a honey dew ice cube. Flavored ice cubes are a Bryan signature which she previously showed off at Lexington Social House, and add a flavor dimension to a cocktail that continually changes as it melts.
Bar manager Dave Kupchinsky had already created a noteworthy cocktail program and the Farmers' Market Sunday Cocktail series kicks it up another level. Now you know where to find me on Sunday evenings this summer. Next week Tidwell is up at bat. Arrive thirsty.
The Eveleigh: 8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. Phone: (424) 239-1630. Website: http://theeveleigh.com/