Casino Soul ($12)
Casino Soul keeps it simple with a classic three bottle pickup. The recipe calls for warm El Dorado 12 year Rum, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, and Cynar, an Italian amaro flavored with artichokes.
Demon Tied to a Chair in My Brain ($13)
Al Sotack told us that David Wondrich has called this drink one of his favorite cocktails, so it piqued our attention right away. Inspired by the sludgy Southern metal of Dax Riggs, this overproof rum based drink gets its distinct notes of fruit from Clement Creole Shrubb )a rum infused with bitter orange and Creole spices) and Maurin Quina, a quinine based apéritif with cherry and lemon.
Emma Frost ($13)
Fans of all things Marvel Comics-related won't have to think twice about the inspiration behind the icy Emma Frost. This X-Men influenced gin drink is blended with Cocchi Americano, a newly resurrected apertivo based on Moscato d'Asti and flavored with bittering herbs and orange peel. There's a floral touch of Rothman & Winter Violette as well as bracing acidity from lemon juice and house made grapefruit syrup.
Midnight's Children ($13)
Colin Shearn created this drink with one of his favorite books in mind: Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. The cocktail is a blend of Old Granddad 114 Bourbon, Ron Zacapa Rum, and mulled wine syrup, but it's the Pedro Ximenez in it that really brings to mind British colonists sipping sherry in India.
Death on Two Legs ($13)
Created by bartender Katy Link, this drink is named after a brutal Queen song penned by Freddy Mercury to former manager Norman Sheffield (give it a listen here.) The cocktail version is a strong and bittersweet mix of rye, Campari, Amaro Montenegro, and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram.
Elephant Flip ($14)
Franklin Mortgage's Elephant Flip might remind you of the best milkshake you have ever had, especially if you're a fan of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA. Shaken together with a whole egg, pomegranate molasses, a touch of salt, and finished with a crosshatch of Bitter Truth Xocolatl Mole Bitters, this beer cocktail from bartender Christina Rando is served with the rest of that bottle of 90 Minute IPA for good measure.
Automatic Midnight ($15)
A shared love of music is all over the menu at Franklin Mortgage. This gin cocktail (made with Junipero and Averell Damson Gin) is named for the first album from San Diego's Hot Snakes. Marie Brizzard Cacao, Luxardo Fernet, Pernod Absinthe, Peychauds Bitters complete the cocktail.
Brass Tacks Buck ($13)
Served tall and icy, the Brass Tacks Buck takes tequila and smoky Del Maguey Mezcal Vida and marries them with a bit of the expected—that'd be lime juice—as well as the unexpected, a house made ginger pear syrup. Topped off with a healthy dose of Angostura and filled with club soda, this warm weather drink could forever replace the margarita.