After training at one of New York City’s most revered bars, the exclusive Lower East Side speakeasy Milk & Honey, Joseph Schwartz is bringing impeccable old-school drinks to a wider audience at Little Branch. To get this foamy drink, he tinkered with a classic silver rye fizz, which gets its head from a shaken egg white. Instead of the usual sugar he adds Licor 43, a sweet, aromatic liqueur with notes of vanilla and nut.
At Frisson, in San Francisco, Duggan McDonnell’s wildly inventive cocktails are thought-provoking without ever tipping into novelty for novelty’s sake. “I feel like you have to have at least one cocktail on your menu that is controversial,” he says. “It gives people a sense of discovery.” His martini, for instance, is a sexy riff on the dirty martini, which is clouded with a few drops of olive brine. His X-rated touch is a dash of black, slightly salty squid ink, which turns the drink a deep, rich color.
Don't Give Up the Ship
Ben Dougherty and partner Kacy Fitch pore over old cocktail guides in search of quirky forgotten recipes to serve at Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle—like this pleasantly bitter gin drink that calls for the unlikely pairing of Dubonnet, a sweet French aperitif, and Fernet Branca, a bitter Italian digestif.