Cocktails at the Ranstead Room
Rick Nichols talks shop with Sasha Petraske, the consulting figure behind the Ranstead Room.
As much as the mechanics of cocktail-making, though, Petraske has a mood in mind: “The ambience is a place for people old enough to know how to drink; strong drinks in a [grown-up] environment . . . no dancing on the table or screaming and shouting.”
Anyone is welcome to come in, he says. But they’re not always welcome back: “Postgraduate drinking,” he calls it, distinguished by “offhand excellence,” where status brands aren’t named on the menu and the bartenders aren’t performance artists.
Swigging with sophistication [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Ranstead Room Cocktail list after the jump.
blanco tequila, chili piquin, lemon juice, sugar
vodka ginere and lime juices, sugar, soda, rose water.
bourbon, campari, sweet vermouth
applejack, lemon juice, sugar, champagne
Brooklyn No. 2
rye, sweet vermouth, maraschino
white rum, lime juice, sugar, mint, peychaud bitters
blanco tequila, lime juice, honey
gin, lemon juice, maraschino, orange bitters
gin, lemon juice, sugar, club soda, absinthe rinse
Bartender’s Choice – leave it to us….