This past week, we decided to head to Loews Hotel and hang out with a lot of traveling folks from all over the world at Bar eleven. Of the places we have been and the hotel bars we have experienced – this isn’t the most impressive. Head over to Drink Shop at the Wif you want a true craft cocktail. This place is fine if you are there on business and need a full-color cocktail menu with pictures of happy people sipping drinks a la Chili’s to help you decide. That dig aside, this bar had its own separate feature cocktail list that was not all that bad and the people serving them were all good looking – especially Quinton, our bartender.
He suggested the Elderflower Martini and their specialty at Bar eleven, the Lavender Drop Martini. Now, being a bit afraid of lavender drinks on the whole, we were both a little hesitant to try it. Sometimes lavender drinks can and do taste like nice smelling bath water. But, this one did not.
We will start with the Elderflower Martini which is a drink that we often make (Hendricks gin, St. Germain, lime juice) – but this one has a splash of Blue Curacao. Interesssttting. And Tasty. And Blue. Here is Alison’s take…
Don’t forget our ratings scale is between 1 and 5 Olives. One Olive = waste of my blogging time; 5 Olives = oh my goodness/yummmmmm
Presentation: 2 olives – Electric blue in any cocktail gives me flashbacks to the “jet fuel” shot I once did in college at Willy’s in New Orleans. I am too old for electric blue cocktails
Creativity: 2.5 olives – The addition to the blue stuff makes this more creative than the standard version of this drink, but the rest of the ingredients are straight from the St. Germaine’s website. Heck, that one may be as well.
Taste: 4 olives – yummy electric blue goodness
Overall: 3 olives – tasty but too blue for me.
Now, my drink, the Lavender Drop Martini, was superb and even came with a piece of lavender on top. Consisting of Ciroc vodka, muddled lavender, lemon juice and simple syrup, this drink was truly excellent and I would go back to Bar eleven to get it. (I would not however go back and order food as their drinks were much better than the grub.) But I digress.
Presentation: 4 olives – With a bit of fresh lavender floating on top, this was one pretty drink.
Creativity: 3.5 olives – I usually hate lavender in a drink, but muddled lavender with the lemon juice and simple syrup – it excelled. Who thought of this?
Taste: 5 olives - I mean, seriously. Yum Yum Yum go get you some.
Overall: 4 olives. Again, I’d go back for this one and sit at the bar learning about geothermal heat systems from Mike (who we met at the bar in town from St. Simon.)
Both drinks were $11.00 each so if you are in the Midtown area, you could spend an early evening there for a cocktail before heading to a nice restaurant elsewhere.