Cocktail Special: The Fable
  • Tito’s Vodka
  • Montenegro Amaro
  • Mandarin Orange Juice
  • Housemade Ginger Syrup
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Spumante Float
  • $12

Here is the story:

A thirsty crow came upon a pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the crow put its beak into the mouth of the pitcher he found that it was only half full, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at the remaining water. He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair. Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. At last, after many pebbles, he saw the water mount up near him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst.

This cocktail began as an inspiration from New Orleans restaurant Bar Chef Laura Belluci. While the original recipe was delicious, we felt it was missing something. Testing through a large array of liquors and mixers, ¼ oz by ¼ oz at a time we waited for that “Ah ha!” moment. Days later, we finally landed on what was the perfect complexity for this cocktail; something floral and unique to lift the delicate mandarin juice above the strong ginger background. Much like Aesop’s fable above, the moral of the story is that “little by little does the trick.

Contributor credit: Lindsey Herceg & Alllie Paul Photo credit: Allie Paul