Reinventing the Cocktail at Layla

Categories: Booze

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"No Apologies" | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

More and more bars and restaurants in St. Louis are offering carefully concocted cocktails. The challenge of these craft cocktails is staying true to the classics while remaining inventive in an increasingly crowded market. Tony Saputo, bar manager at Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252), strikes this balance nicely with his newest cocktail list.

See also: Warming Up with Whiskey-Based Cocktails at Small Batch


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Warming Up with Whiskey-Based Cocktails at Small Batch

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"Pumpkin Spiced Old Fashioned" | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Fall cocktails are starting to make appearances all around St. Louis. When the temperature drops, the base liquor of choice is whiskey. What better place to taste new whiskey-based cocktails than Small Batch? Within the next couple of weeks, Small Batch Whiskey and Fare (3001 Locust Street; 314-380-2040) is releasing a new fall cocktail list. The Drunken Vegan sampled four of these new cocktails and, spoiler alert: They're all really good.

See also: Late-Night Deals at Mission Taco Joint

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Late-Night Deals at Mission Taco Joint

Categories: Bargains, Booze

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So many tacos, so little time. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Everyone loves tacos. What's better than a compact corn tortilla wrapped around your favorite protein, some tasty toppings and spicy sauce? Cheap tacos, that's what. And some cheap booze to go with them. Mission Taco Joint (both locations) has you covered. Every night it's open (Tuesday through Sunday), Mission serves $2 tacos and $2 shots from 10 p.m. to close.

See also: Olio's New October Cocktail List is a Taste of Autumn in New England

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Mad Buffalo Distillery is Now Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery

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Mad Buffalo Distillery is launching a major rebranding initiative, starting with its name. It's now known as Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery. We talked to founder Chris Burnette about why the name change matters and what's next for Missouri's first craft distillery.

See also: Mad Buffalo Distillery Makes Moonshine Eco-Friendly

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Local Bartender Tyler Baublitz Invents Cocktail-Themed Beard Oils

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Bearded Wolf Trading Company Fernet Beard Oil | Patrick J. Hurley

Tyler Baublitz, bartender at Art Bar (2732 Cherokee Street; 314-769-9696), strokes his neatly groomed blond beard as he recounts how he started making and selling his new product -- a line of cocktail-themed beard and mustache oils. He's been at it for just over three weeks.

"Growing a beard's a new thing for me," he says. "I wanted to celebrate that by getting some beard things."

But the beard-grooming products he found were full of harsh chemicals and compounds that didn't seem good for a man's skin or hair. "I could do that better," he thought to himself. Hence, Bearded Wolf Trading Company was born.

See also: Slugging a Pickleback, a Shot of Moonshine and Pickle Juice, at Quincy Street Bistro

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Chef Rick Lewis' Infused Moonshine and How to Make a Strawberry Shortcake Fizz [VIDEO]

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Chef Rick Lewis behind the bar with his infused moonshine.

Chef Rick Lewis of Quincy Street Bistro (6931 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-1588) is recognized for his many talents -- he was a James Beard nominee this year for Rising Star Chef -- but moonshine doesn't usually come up. That's about to change. Quincy Street is making cocktails with house-infused moonshine that Jay Gatsby would be proud of.

See also: Chef's Chat: Quincy Street Bistro's Rick Lewis Wants to Be Wolverine

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The Libertine Spearheads Negroni Week for Charity

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The Sprezzatura Negroni at the Libertine. | The Libertine

The Negroni is Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-2999) owner Nick Luedde's favorite drink. The simple, classic cocktail is made with gin, vermouth and Campari, which, Luedde says, makes it refreshing and perfect for summer. So when his friends at the Bartenders' Guild approached him about being the St. Louis ambassador for the national fundraising Negroni Week, it was a no-brainer.

See also: Drinks at the Libertine: The Mixologists Who Stare at Goats

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Eclipse Celebrates St. Louis' 250th Birthday With Master Mixologists

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Eclipse has one of the best rooftop patios in the city, too. | RFT Photo

St. Louis has been celebrating its 250th birthday all year, and the party is still going strong. On May 25 Eclipse (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-2222) and the Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1111) are gathering the city's best mixologists and bartenders for a birthday bash.

See also: Eclipse Restaurant's Spring Menu is Sprung on New Vegetarian Options

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Resurrecting the Daiquiri: The Cocktail of Summer 2014

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Frankie Slayer the Party Mayor, our official Summer Guide, enjoys a daiquiri. | Jennifer Silverberg

All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Click here to read the rest of the guide or pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you.

When some drinkers think of the daiquiri, they imagine a red or blue slush excreted by a machine behind the bar or, worse still, of the cardboard tubes of sugary mixer purchased in the frozen-food section of the supermarket.

"A grotesquely overlooked cocktail," laments Jamie Kilgore, co-owner of Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203). The daiquiri, she says, is not the "slushy machine drink from Bourbon Street" but "a simple, beautiful cocktail."

And she puts her menu where her mouth is -- this summer, Planter's House offers ten variations of the drink.

See also: Olio, Taste and the Good Pie Feature Top-Tier Vermouths

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How to Make a Perfect Mint Julep for Derby Day

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Gut Check is happy to announce a new video series spotlighting anything and everything in the St. Louis food and drink scene. Our first video comes just in time for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Steve Smith, owner of the Royale (3132 South Kingshighway; 314-772-3600), shows our videographer Charles Thomas how to make a mean mint julep.

See also: Kentucky Derby Party at the Royale

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