Riley's Secret "Off-Menu" Menu
Congratulations for finding this menu, not everyone gets to see it. I have been crafting cocktails for over a decade and have cultivated a shortlist of my favorite twists on old standards. These are the cream of the crop that I know discerning palates will appreciate and enjoy.
The Bridge-Burner $25
Our contribution to the pantheon of Last Word variations ditches the gin and lime for our house whiskey and lemon. Then we punch it up a notch. Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur lends a hand to the traditional Maraschino liqueur. And finally we opt for lighter Yellow Chartreuse to round out this spicy cocktail.
Something Dangerous $20
The paloma is Tijuana's effervescent grapefruit flavored liquid air conditioning. "Something Dangerous" roughs that grapefruit up behind the bar. Using my favorite reposado tequila, Campari, and Yellow Chartreuse we get to find out how much the grapefruit juice can take before lengthening slightly with some soda water. This bar fight in a coup was made to smack you in the mouth and have you coming back for more.
The Rasta Daiquiri $18 (or $26 if you nasty)
Wray & Nephew's over-proofed column stilled rum is probably my favorite trick to play on fools that say they only drink clear rum (as if the colour defines the shape of a rum's flavour! Pfft!) We take fresh squeezed lime juice and demerara sugar to open up the funk of this Jamaican standard. A scant toss of Allspice Dram brings everything together and leaves you wondering why burning rubber can taste so sweet. (If you nasty, we'll hit you with the double in a tall glass like the Rasta's do.)
This deconstruction of the Soggy Dollar Bar's Painkiller No. 2 is my favorite way to put that hangover to bed. Pineapple and orange juices dance with coconut cream to help tone down the party that is our blend of Rhum Barbancourt and Lemon Hart & Son Over-proofed Demerara Rum. Plus a little fresh nutmeg in your mustache never hurt anyone, right?
The Older Fashioned $15
Sure whiskey may have been written about first, but rumbullion (or, you know… rum) drinkers were too busy enjoying the tropics to write about getting tanked like the Scotts (or was it Irish?) Either way there's more than one way to skin a cat, and we do that here with lime, demerara sugar, angostura bitters, and Smith & Cross Navy strength rum. This may be Riley's favorite way to forget a weekend