Earlier this year, I celebrated National Women’s Day at Cole’s Red Car bar. The Alice in Wonderland/ Mad Hatter theme was reflected in the drinks menu. And everyone was invited to wear hats.
I started with Karen Grill’s Very, Merry, Unbirthday punch (Hendrick’s gin, Art in the Age Rhubarb, Earl Grey tea, lemon, soda), a very welcome beverage in the chilly March afternoon.
Zahra Bates did a little molecular spin on the theme and had Tweedled Dee and Tweedle Dum(b) jello shots. The French 75 jello shots captured the fizz and Zahra admonished us to eat them right away but I had to snap that photo!
Tweedle Dee &Twiddle Dumb – French 75 jello shots
Cole’s served up Seelbachs made with Bulleit bourbon. I have such fondness for all the cocktails that have come out of the horse racing tradition.
Bulliet Seelbach– Bulleit bourbon, curacao, Angostura bitters, Pyechaud bitters, Champagne, orange twist
You can’t go to Cole’s without having one of their famous Old Fashioneds. Now they’re even on tap!
Guest bartender Jaymee Mandeville had really cool names for her cocktails. Born a Ginger was a refreshing drink with white Scotch and ginger soda.
Born a Ginger – Dewars White Label, housemade ginger soda, candied ginger garnish
My favorite was Jaymee’s take on a Bobby Burns with her Barbie Burns. It was after all, International Women’s Day. The Dewars white shows up again and makes friends with both St. Germain and Benedictine. If Barbie Burns was a real person, I’d be friends with her.
Barbie Burns – Dewars White Label, St. Germain, Benedictine, Angostura biters, orange twist
Cari Hah and Jaymee had guest bartended a month before at Cana featuring Novo Fogo cacacha. I didn’t get to try Cari’s tea drink so I was happy to try it at the International Women’s Day party. It might just be time to have hot toddies again! Brr!
Madhatter Tea – silver cachaca, lemon, honey and ginger syrup, chrysanthemum tea
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