Cocktails are getting a little nutty these days, thanks to the creativity of some mixologists who aren’t content to just serve up a dish of mixed nuts as a side to your drink. Kevin Diedrich, head bartender at Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen (www.jasperscornertap.com) in San Francisco, is known for his walnut-flavored Tender Nob, a combination of cognac, rye whiskey and Italian liqueurs; the drink is named after the neighborhood in which the bar resides. In Cleveland, The Greenhouse Tavern (www.thegreenhousetavern.com) offers the Sage Advice, which is a combination of the sweet taste of OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka (from Ohio’s first artisanal microdistillery, Middle West Spirits) and fresh sage, crushed walnuts and burnt lemon. The mixture is left to steep for 24 hours before it is shaken, strained and served with a splash of soda. And in both the Artisans Restaurant and Maggie’s Pub at Lake Placid Lodge (www.lakeplacidlodge.com) in New York, bartenders serve up colleague Lori Kudelski’s The Plantation, which incorporates white crème de cacao and Godiva chocolate liqueur with housemade peanut-infused rum, all shaken and served over ice.
Other Spots to Go Nuts
Topped with whipped cream and Spanish almonds, the rich Cocoadrado has almond-blended tequila as its main ingredient. www.pixpatisserie.com
Secreto Bar & Loggia
Santa Fe, N.M.
Their delicious bourbon-based Apple-ation features a cinnamon-pecan rim. www.hotelstfrancis.com
The Tasting Kitchen
Bartender Justin Pike’s refreshing Coco Joe’s Punch uses falernum made on the premises with lime zest and toasted almonds. www.thetastingkitchen.com
Along with walnut liqueur, this subterranean lounge’s Blackberry Cobbler includes fresh blackberries, lemon and pineapple. www.doubleachicago.com
Mix Your Own
(Courtesy of Kevin Diedrich,
Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen)
1 oz. Hennessy Cognac
1 oz. Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey
½ oz. Liquore Strega
¼ oz. Luxardo Amaro Abano
¼ oz. Walnut orgeat
Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass containing one large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist and a lemon twist.