Bucket List Cocktails: Part 1

Some cocktails mean more in certain places than others. For instance a Sazerac has more meaning at a bar in New Orleans than really anywhere else in the world. While a Pisco Punch could be called the unofficial drink of San Francisco. 

As someone who really enjoys the history of a drink almost (not really) as much as the actual cocktail itself there are a few cocktails that I have on my bucket list to have in certain places. I can make a Ramos Gin Fizz, but I would love to see how it stacks up to the one served at the Empire Bar at Broussard's in New Orleans. 

So here are the first five of ten (I limited myself) cocktails I would love to have at some point in my life and the bar that I want to have them in. 

1. Ramos Gin Fizz at the Empire Bar at Broussard's, New Orleans, LA

The Ramos Fizz was created in 1888 by Henry C. Ramos at his bar the Imperial Cabinet Saloon. Since that bar doesn't exist any more I would want to get the drink somewhere that would put as much care into the cocktail as Ramos would himself. 

2. English Milk Punch at Faith and Flower, Los Angeles, CA

Named by Esquire as the Cocktail of the Year, this crazy concoction uses rum, cognac, absinthe, clove, nutmeg, coriander, bitters and curdled milk. The care that goes into this drink is what puts it on this list. 

3. Benton's Old Fashioned at Please Don't Tell, New York, NY

Bacon, maple syrup and Bourbon. Sounds like a marriage made in breakfast heaven. Sign me up for a taste. 

4. Margarita at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

The simplest yet most delicious Margarita recipe you can imagine. So simple it is the same recipe I use for margaritas. Tequila, lime juice and Agave Syrup. 

5. Thunderbolt at Dead Rabbit, New York, NY

Anytime a drink is served in a mug that has a mustache guard to prevent foam from making men look ridiculous, sign me up. Now I just need to grow out my mustache before I go. 


Check out Part 2 later this week.