The new Drago Centro spring cocktail menu created by bar manager/mixologist Jaymee Mandeville takes the downtown Italian restaurant’s cocktail program in a new direction. Namely, away from former beverage director Michael Shearin’s sweettooth.
After Shearin’s departure, Jaymee was free to explore savory and bitter ingredients, and in turn has created something for every palate. Looking for something complex and with depth, try the Night and the City a “blood-less” Mary. Bitter fiends will like the Tradgard, and those with a sweettooth will love the honeyed Yellow Jacket Fever.
But if you really want to see what else the list has to offer, here it is in its entirety with a few of my random tasting notes I jotted during a hosted tasting.
Airstream Libation: Pueblo Viejo Blanco tequila, R. Jelínek Fernet, toasted coconut infused demerara, fresh lime, kaffir lime leaves, egg white
Cool Revival: Rittenhouse rye, Cynar, Yuzu, cucumber, with lemon and dill meringue
Greetings From Xanadu: Banks 5 island rum, Pama, Java Juice, pineapple juice, orange juice
Nebbia Rossa: Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Campari, Bittermens Citron Sauvage, Dolin Blanc
Night and the City: Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Bittermens Hellfire, Miracle Mile Candy Cap mushroom bitters, heirloom tomato shrub, black pepper and squid ink syrup, fresh horseradish
Shotgun Wedding: Laird’s Bonded apple brandy, prosecco, lemon juice, Granny Smith apples, maple sugar
Stepchild: Black Grouse blended scotch, cardamaro, kumquat cordial, orange juice
Trädgård: Karlsson’s Gold vodka, Cocchi Americano, Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters, lemon juice, chives
Ver La Luz Del Día: Kappa pisco, Lillet Blanc, Hangar Vodka, Bombay Sapphire Gin, basil
Yellow Jacket Fever: Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, yellow chartreuse, chamomile infused honey, black peppercorns