Slideshow: First Look: Cocktails at Tooker Alley in Brooklyn

Monk's Dream ($12)
Monk's Dream ($12)
Pedro says the menu owes much to Lowell Edmunds, author of The Silver Bullet: The Martini in American Civilization. There's an an entire section dedicated to the Martini, mapping out its evolution with a selection of six variations. "It was this sweet, throwaway cocktail and now it's the Sphynx, the Ice Queen of cocktails," he explains.

The Monk's Dream is Pedro's original creation, a take the Martini about half way between where it started and where it is now. To look at it, you might think you'd been handed the wrong cocktail. The amber-toned drink, which first gets a dry curaçao rinse, owes its color to the inclusion of brandy and Benedictine.

Hobo Julep ($11)
Hobo Julep ($11)
“This drink is doing what the Dil Pickle Club would have done to the classic Mint Julep: Heckle it,” he says. The many-shades-of-green cocktail calls for three ounces of high-proof whiskey (“I figure hobos like to drink”) and features some ingredients that would make a cocktail purist cringe, namely club soda and mint bitters. The club soda cuts the sweetness of the rock candy syrup and the mint bitters doused over the drink’s Sno-Cone-like crushed ice cap help give it the desired candy store element.

As you drink, the mint bitters-soaked crushed ice gets pushed down to create a unique interplay between the menthol-flavored bitters and the vibrant muddled fresh mint in the glass. “I’m not trying to destroy the drink, just referencing it in a different way—we want it to be fun and interesting and nostalgic," says Pedro.

Red Emma ($11)
Red Emma ($11)
The name of this cocktail references Emma Goldman, a Russian immigrant, anarchist, and lover of one of the Dil Pickle Club's founders, Ben Reitman. The apéritif cocktail combines blanco tequila, Dubonnet, local verjus, and strawberry-infused pisco, which gives it a flavor center as well as its bold hue.

Pedro confesses, "I think Emma might be a little disappointed, it's a bit of a retiring cocktail—a little quiet, sitting on the banquette hoping to be noticed. But at least it's red."

The Historical Martini menu page and its inspiration, Edmunds' <em>The Silver Bullet</em>
The Historical Martini menu page and its inspiration, Edmunds' The Silver Bullet