Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1886 @ The Raymond (Pasadena)


"El Frosty."

Part 1 of the winter menu.

Molly Pitcher Club Cocktail garnished with star anise.

Chevalier Sangaree.

Part II of the winter menu.

No, we didn't bring our own sack lunch.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich - taleggio with jalapeƱo jelly.

Post Christmas Cobbler.

DBA "Manhattan:" Brady.

"My Posset's on Broadway" - No, I didn't ask for coffee to go.  Although, after tasting this, I wish I could have ordered one for myself to take home. 

 Man oh man.  These guys just don't skip a beat.  Two of the heavy hitters are gone but the cocktail program continues to thrive.  I was a little leery going in cuzz I had grown fond of Garret and Lacey's tipples.  And with the news of their departure, I just didn't know what to expect.  

 Well, good thing Greg and Brady are still around because after my most recent visit, I'm ready to tackle the rest of the menu this weekend.  Highlights of my first foray into the winter menu have to begin with "El Frosty."  Wow!  After seeing this snowman cocktail brought to my table, I was immediately put at ease.  I knew I would be in good hands.  I knew 1886 would continue to be the bar that I'd fallen in love with.  Presentation has always been whimsical and fun with both food and drinks here.  More of that was made evident with "My Posset's on Broadway."  I was glad to see more of the same as you never know what hijinks these guys are gonna come up with.  

Fun stuff aside, the drinks were solid as always.  My favorites were the two aforementioned drinks and the Molly Pitcher Club Cocktail.  Just a notch below that were the interesting Chevalier Sangaree and DBA Manhattan.  The Sangaree appeared tame in nature and especially so because it came with a straw.  Nothing safe about this one though.  Was I missing something here?  This drink caught me by surprise.  I mean, it was a lot stronger than I expected.  I'm not sure the straw was even warranted.  It was good and became better the more of it you drank and became accustomed to it.  Still, I don't think the majority of people would like it.  I did.  The other interesting cocktail was that of Brady.  His take on the Manhattan with the addition of beer was a good one.  Using an Ale, he managed to balance the drink well enough that each component stood on its own.  Nothing got lost, yet the beer's profile shined.  Would I prefer this over a classic Mantattan?  Probably not, but it's a fine variation.

My least favorite drink was probably the cobbler and that was only because it was a 35 degree night.  Perhaps, if the sun had been shining down, it would have been a different story, but it wasn't.  Any way you cut it, there is something on this menu for everyone.  And the best thing about this bar, even if you can't find something on the menu that you think you'll like, they'll fix you up something good from past menus or classics based on your personal preferences.  It's a can't lose proposition.  See you Saturday!


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