Get Thee to the Naga!
The cocktail menu is extensive, so we eventually went off the grid and just asked our server for recommendations. Our praise for our drinks – which included mocktails since two were sans-alcohol for the evening – and probably our enthusiasm (and, OK, it looked like a slow night), brought bartender Chris Faber to our booth. With just a little steering toward our preferences – gin or tequila, spicy or not? – and our encouragement to “surprise us,” he brought some truly fantastic cocktails to our table. Even the mocktails were crafted, made of layers of so many fresh juices and herbs that I lost track of the ingredients. My favorite cocktail was his “Scandalous Dutchman,” both for the name and the taste.
Faber is obviously enthusiastic and knowledgeable about mixology, but not condescending. He gave me good information about some gins to explore (I did not identify myself as a cocktail blogger, lest it seem like I was trying to make myself look “important”), I think because he is just passionate about the subject. But my favorite is when he described the Corpse Reviver – a classic stiff cocktail that varies with gin, Lillet Blanc, vermouth and more – as a “bad-ass lemon drop.” Chris, please have that bad-ass lemon drop waiting for me because I will be back soon!