Voted "the world's finest cocktail" in 1930 by the UKBG (UK Bartenders Guild), the Golden Dawn is Trabulsi's favorite "easy drinker" on the menu. Equal parts Broker's gin, apricot brandy, housemade grenadine, and freshly squeezed orange juice, the cocktail is sweet without being cloying.
One of Seth Laufman's creations, this cocktail combines Old Overholt rye, Cherry Heering, sherry, Fernet, and chocolate bitters. Trabulsi loves how the sweet viscosity of the cherry and chocolate is balanced out by the clean, bitter flavor of the Fernet. "It has you coming back for more," he said.
"This is another crowd pleaser," Trabulsi said of this blend of Pueblo Vieja tequila, fresh squeezed lime, and housemade serrano tincture. "This is liquid fire," he said, brandishing an eye drop loaded with pepper flavor. The sweet, fresh cocktail has a subtle hint of spice, further enhanced by the slice of fresh pepper.
"Mezcal is my liquor of the moment right now," Trabulsi said. This cocktail includes Vida Mezcal Blanco, Licor 43 (which Tabulsi likes for its "vanilla overtones and lemon undertones"), lemon, and a float of Lagunitas IPA. "I always put a sweet and a sour, a weak and a strong," he said. "Then I add new flavors to that—the smoke from the mezcal, the hoppy bitterness from the IPA."
Less Is More
"This is just two ingredients, then I season it." The aptly named Less Is More combines London Dry gin and Bonal Quinquina. Trabulsi's 'seasoning' includes rinsing the glass with absinthe and adding a dash of lemon bitters.