Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Four drinks to be drinking now: Axe and the Oak Whiskey House releases new fall menu

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 9:35 AM

click to enlarge The Editor's Fizz. It's the first time house gin has appeared on a menu here. This one's barrel-aged and not yet available in bottles. This fizz, inspired by the classic Ramos Gin Fizz, subs out the orange blossom water for orange bitters. It also contains apple bourbon, roasted butternut squash simple syrup, egg white and cream. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The Editor's Fizz. It's the first time house gin has appeared on a menu here. This one's barrel-aged and not yet available in bottles. This fizz, inspired by the classic Ramos Gin Fizz, subs out the orange blossom water for orange bitters. It also contains apple bourbon, roasted butternut squash simple syrup, egg white and cream.

Axe and the Oak Whiskey House released its new fall menu on October 15, featuring 16 freshly created drinks — a collaborative effort by the staff. The new menu will run through February most likely.

Hosting bartender for our preview tasting, Maggie O'Leary, says the “guiding flavors” for team inspiration were “tea, squash, cognac, and pomegranate.”

Those came through in various ways in the drinks we sampled, with liberal spice usage a familiar nod to the arrival of colder weather. The use of cream and egg white also adds a heavier texture to many drinks as well, feeling fortifying for winter.

View the captions under each photo for drink details.
click to enlarge The Penrose Vault starts with Axe's Incline Rye. Then comes pomegranate juice, an Earl Grey simple syrup, bergamot oil, cardamom bitters and a pour of Korean yogurt soda (carbonated water and milk and cream). - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The Penrose Vault starts with Axe's Incline Rye. Then comes pomegranate juice, an Earl Grey simple syrup, bergamot oil, cardamom bitters and a pour of Korean yogurt soda (carbonated water and milk and cream).

click to enlarge The Little London Fog features vanilla bourbon, lavender liqueur and garnish, cream and Earl Grey simple syrup. A little hot water thins the heavy cream and it's a rich drinkable dessert or nice drink to share sips of. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The Little London Fog features vanilla bourbon, lavender liqueur and garnish, cream and Earl Grey simple syrup. A little hot water thins the heavy cream and it's a rich drinkable dessert or nice drink to share sips of.

click to enlarge Bartender Maggie O'Leary and the Millionaire City. That drink starts with a cognac barrel-aged bourbon (which tastes remarkably like scotch on its own), to which ginger liqueur, toasted allspice dram and bitters is added. The allspice shows up prominently. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Bartender Maggie O'Leary and the Millionaire City. That drink starts with a cognac barrel-aged bourbon (which tastes remarkably like scotch on its own), to which ginger liqueur, toasted allspice dram and bitters is added. The allspice shows up prominently.

click to enlarge It's a cool logo. 'Nuff said. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • It's a cool logo. 'Nuff said.

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