There’s a new meaning for the phrase ‘bottle service.’ Bartenders are creating large-scale batches of cocktails and bottling them up in advance, ensuring speedy service when guests sit down for a sip session. Here are nine top shelf capped cocktails that will have you reaching for the opener.
Smoked Cherry Old Fashioned at Del Campo, Washington, D.C.
You’ve never had an Old Fashioned quite like this one. That’s because it stars house-made cherry cordial that’s equal parts tart, sweet, and smoky. Bulleit whiskey and Peychaud’s Bitters round out the memorable potable. Make a reservation at Del Campo.
Aged Negroni at Presidio Social Club, San Francisco, California
When you’re in the mood to socialize in style, crack the cap on this red-topped tipple. Forged with Gordon’s gin, Carpano Antica, and Campari, it sticks to the classic recipe. Extra time in the bottle helps the flavors fuse together to create a decadent svelteness. Make a reservation at Presidio Social Club.
Champagne Negroni at Saxon + Parole, New York, New York
A bucket full of bottles is just what we need to get our weekend started. Don’t worry, we won’t drink them all ourselves. A blend of gin, Campari, and vermouth is topped with sparkly and charged with CO2, so when we pop the top we’re rewarded with a burst of bubbles. Make a reservation at Saxon + Parole.
Aged Negroni at La Moderna, Miami, Florida
Martin Miller gin, Cocchi Torino sweet vermouth, and Gancia Americano are blended and placed into an American oak barrel. There the cocktail ages for six months before it’s bottled. The finished product is balanced, smoky, and just a little sweet. Make a reservation at La Moderna.
The Tipsy Palmer at The Clam, New York, New York
We know Arnold Palmer would approve of this boozy twist on his post-game refresher. The classic combo of tea and lemon gets a bourbon boost. Bonus: the large-format cocktail is big enough for you and your putting partner. Make a reservation at The Clam.
Negroni at G by Mike Isabella, Washington, D.C.
Gin + Campari + Carpano Antica = classic awesomeness. Served in a coupe glass with a twist, it’s everything you want it to be. Make a reservation at G by Mike Isabella.
GG Manhattan at Irvington, New York, New York
Flasks were made for sharing. Case in point is this one filled with a Manhattan forged out of Woodford Reserve bourbon, Carpano Antica, and Angostura bitters. Smooth and sophisticated. Make a reservation at Irvington.
The Chilcano at Arbella, Chicago, Illinois
This cocktail can make any day feel like summer. Cucumber-infused pisco is combined with ginger beer and sugar to create a deeply refreshing concoction. It arrives with verdant cubes of kiwi-cucumber ice, which make the final presentation worthy of an Instagram post. Make a reservation at Arbella.
Vertigo at Bluestem, Kansas City, Missouri
“Hello, hello, I’d like to order another Vertigo,” we are fond of singing as we do our best Bono impression. (It sounds good to us after a few of the aforementioned cocktails). A simple combination of Aviation gin and raspberry rose soda, it’s as satisfying as U2 cranked up to 11. Make a reservation at Bluestem. Have you been drinking bottled cocktails yet? Let us know where you’ve tried them here or over on Facebook, G+, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.
Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credit: The Clam (The Clam).