Raleigh's cocktail | Wake County | Indy Week
Pin It

Raleigh's cocktail 

What would a conventioneer drink?

As conventioneers arrive in Raleigh, they're going to need a drink. And while local bartenders will certainly be happy to serve them up the usual ecumenical cocktails or perhaps even a local beer, we decided it was time for Raleigh to have a drink of its own for the new occupational tourists. We asked 10 area bars to do their best to design "a signature drink representative of the city."

The drinks were awarded points in three categories: 1) Originality and appearance, together worth 10 points; 2) Taste, worth 10 points; 3) Name, worth five points. In the event of a tie, the winner was to be decided after voting tasters considered the practicality of the drink, or whether or not its ingredients and processes could be easily adopted by other Raleigh bars. In fact, our winner—The Borough's Pretty Talk—is so easy, you could and should make it at home.

click to enlarge Click for larger image • Pretty Talk - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON

WINNER

#1 Drink Pretty Talk
The Borough 317 W. Morgan St.
Bartender Liz "The Rocket" Masnik
Ingredients Muddled fresh mint, muddled lemon, Southern Comfort, sweet tea, tall glass of ice
Comments Named for Raleigh author David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day (and a clever poke at the city's politicos?). Restrained use of classic ingredients and combinations produces a practical, sublime drink that goes down almost too easy.
Average Score 20
click to enlarge Click for larger image • Cardinal Sin - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON

HONORABLE MENTION

#2 Drink Cardinal Sin
Solas 419 Glenwood Ave.
Bartender Johnny Williams
Ingredients Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, apple pucker, Cheerwine, Raleigh Tupelo Honey, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry puree, Riesling wine
Comments Named for the state bird. Well-researched ingredients; complex preparation and nuanced fruit flavors produced a drink that went down easy, if a tad sweet.
Average Score 20
click to enlarge Click for larger image • The Painted Lady - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON

REST OF THE FIELD

#3 Drink The Painted Lady
The Raleigh Times Bar 14 E. Hargett St.
Bartender Jay Winfrey
Ingredients Muscadine red wine, peach bitters, Sazerac Rye Whiskey, strawberries, blackberries, soda water, lemon peel, simple syrup, ice
Comments Named for Raleigh's Victorian-style homes. Ornate, timely preparation produces a complex flavor that's light but rich.
Average Score 17.667
click to enlarge Click for larger image • Hunter Punch - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
#4 Drink Hunter Punch
The Players' Retreat 105 Oberlin Road
Bartender Bert McMillan & Jared Gartner
Ingredients house bourbon, Sundrop, splash of maraschino cherry syrup, three shakes of bitters, ice
Comments Named for Isaac Hunter's Tavern, the watering hole that, in 1788, was used as the landmark for locating the state capitol. Served in a small Mason jar. Slightly medicinal at first (perhaps from the cherry juice), but balanced out nicely as the ice melted.
Average Score 17.333
click to enlarge Click for larger image • Cardinal Cab - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
#5 Drink Cardinal Cab
Jackpot 1303 Hillsborough St.
Bartender Josh Bryant
Ingredients Muddled cherries, Malibu rum, Sailor Jerry's rum, sour mix, cranberry juice, sloe gin, pineapple juice, champagne, ice
Comments Smooth, rich flavor and nice color; champagne adds flair.
Average Score 15.667
click to enlarge Click for larger image • Sir Walter Sword - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
#6 Drink Sir Walter Sword
The Big Easy 222 Fayetteville St.
Bartender Justin Banner
Ingredients Muddled cherries, muddled orange, sugar, Southern Comfort, Maker's Mark, splash of Sprite, ice
Comments Like an Old Fashioned-plus. A good Southern drink that's fairly close to the standards.
Average Score 14
click to enlarge Click for larger image • Sir Walter Razzleigh - PHOTO BY DEREK ANDERSON
#7 Drink Sir Walter Razzleigh
Riviera's Loft 135 135 S. Wilmington St.
Bartender Louie Cova
Ingredients Vodka, raspberry Schnapps, wine, grenadine, soda water, cherry, ice
Comments Alternately too punchy or too passive; tasted like any old cocktail at any old bar in any old city.
Average Score 10.667
  • We asked 10 area bars to do their best to design "a signature drink representative of the city."

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Wake County



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

A new label comes to mind: CHINO (Christian in Name Only). Most Christian sects instruct adherents to not surrender to …

by Bernard Baruch on Evangelicals in the Age of Trump (Or, Why I Was Called a ‘Jew-Boy’ at a Franklin Graham Rally) (Wake County)

Is it not lost on these people that Jesus Christ was a "Jew-boy"? I wouldn't be surprised if some of …

by PRGuy on Evangelicals in the Age of Trump (Or, Why I Was Called a ‘Jew-Boy’ at a Franklin Graham Rally) (Wake County)

Another one sided argument from the Indy. There are multiple bus stops in North Hills and north Raleigh, that contain …

by MX46 on Has Raleigh’s Bus System Been Left to Languish Because Many of Its Riders Are Poor and Black? (Wake County)

to elaborate on whatdoiknow's comment, the headline pertains to Durham as well. Transit in the triangle is run by a …

by where's the beef? on Has Raleigh’s Bus System Been Left to Languish Because Many of Its Riders Are Poor and Black? (Wake County)

Comments

A new label comes to mind: CHINO (Christian in Name Only). Most Christian sects instruct adherents to not surrender to …

by Bernard Baruch on Evangelicals in the Age of Trump (Or, Why I Was Called a ‘Jew-Boy’ at a Franklin Graham Rally) (Wake County)

Is it not lost on these people that Jesus Christ was a "Jew-boy"? I wouldn't be surprised if some of …

by PRGuy on Evangelicals in the Age of Trump (Or, Why I Was Called a ‘Jew-Boy’ at a Franklin Graham Rally) (Wake County)

Most Read

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation