9th Street, Durham
The mirwinator is made of Evan Williams brandy, thyme, orange juice, and lemon juice. Except for the thyme, that’s a pretty standard list of ingredients, and there’s a reason for it. The combination of those flavors always makes for a first-rate cocktail, and the mirwinator is no exception to that rule. Yet it seems somehow too easy, both to drink and to mix, for a $9 drink. Perhaps if the quantity of thyme had been kicked up a few notches, then it would have been sublime.
Wild Turkey Loft at the Angus Barn
The Cosmopolitan is my favorite drink, for its high level of alcohol that comes with cranberry and citrus splashes to help it go down. There are many varieties of the drink, mainly tweaks on the amount of cranberry used and types of citrus juice, vodka, and orange liqueur involved. The Wild Turkey Loft opts for Stoli, Cointreau, a splash of cranberry, and a lemon twist.
You can tell from the color of the drink how little cranberry was added, which was great, in my opinion. Cosmos shouldn’t be fruity drinks; they should be martinis with a couple flavorful visitors. I’m a fan of Stoli, so I liked the vodka’s flavor, and Cointreau is by far the best option for orange liqueur. However, I much prefer lime to lemon for the tangy citrus element, so this cosmo didn’t quite do it for me in that department.
Still, it was pretty fabulous, so I was happy with it in more ways than one.