Wayfarer, Downtown's mid century themed bar, has revealed a new cocktail menu with a suitable vintage inspiration.
The intimate lounge at the Inspire event center has looked back as far as 1740 for conceptual source material and as recent as 2006 to discover a modern classic.
Priced between $11 and $13, the new concoctions are available from Monday to Saturday 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. And the new drinks would appear potent enough to make you misspell Hemingway.
Rye, Bitters, Sugar, Water
Traditionally when someone ordered an Old Fashioned they chose the spirit. The most popular choice was rye whisk ay. After they chose the spirit the bartender would add bitters, water and sugar. The Old Fashioned is the foundation of the modern day cocktail.
Rye, French Vermouth, Amaro, Maraschino
The Brooklyn is one of New York's Five Borough cocktails. This old school twist on a Manhattan first appeared in the 1908 "Jack’s Manual."
FRENCH 75 $11
Gin or Brandy, Lemon, Sparkling Wine
Created at the New York Bar in Paris in 1915, the potency of this cocktail was describe as being kicked by a French 75mm field gun.
JACK’S ROSE $12
Apple Jack, Grenadine, Lemon
Jack Rose handled a contract on a mid-level gambler that lead to the trial of the century. He became the star witness to the framing and conviction of a Lieutenant from NYPDs Gambling Unit for his own crime.
Jamaican Rum, Lime, Money, Mint
Introduced to the British Royal Navy by Vice Admiral Edward Vernon in 1740. It was instituted to help slow the consumption of rum.
LION’S TAIL $12
Bourbon, All Spice Dram, Lime
First appearing in print just 4yrs after the end of prohibition, its name is believed to be derived from a popular colonial saying "Twisting the lion's tail" which refers to taxing the British forbearance a little further.
HEMMINGWAY DAIQUIRI $11
Rum, Maraschino, Lime, Grapefruit
After a hard day of writing, and hunting in his estate in Havana, Hemmingway, would have a hard night of drinking at La Floridita Bar where he downed these by the dozen.
London Dry Gin, Creme De Violette, Maraschino, Lemon
First appearing in the 1930's Savoy Cocktail Book, this cocktail is rumored to have gotten its name from pilots who described the cocktails color as resembling gray clouds ready to rupture.
Scotch, Lemon, Ginger, Honey
A modern classic, this delicious libation was created in 2006 at Milk & Honey by bartender Sam Ross.
STONE FENCE $12
Whiskey, Hard Cider
The "Green Mountain Boys" lead by Ethan Allen, downed this deceptively strong drink for Liquid Courage before going into battle against the Brits on May 9,1775.
Old Tom Gin, Italian Yarmouth, Bitters
First appearing in the O.H Byron's 1884 "Modern Bartender's Guide" it is widely debated whether this cocktail hails from New York or San Francisco.
Brandy or Rye, Peychaud's, Sugar, Absinthe
In 1838 Antoine Peychaud, an Apothecary in New Orleans. created the sazarac by combining his signature bitters with brandy and sugar as a way to market them.