More Miles Than Money ($12)
Though the split spirits base has sharp teeth—Buffalo Trace bourbon, 100 proof applejack, damson plum liqueur, Ramazotti—a spoonful of Esmon's spiced Zinfandel jelly and fresh lemon cool off this cocktail.
Le Weekend ($12)
Vodka is gauche in craft cocktail circles, right? Not according to Esmon and Gaal, who reinvent the Cosmo with the addition of dry curacao, tart cranberry gastrique, and housemade lime bitters.
Hot Sicilian Widow ($10)
Brugal Anejo rum and Averna take the place of whiskey in this revamped toddy, whose mulled kick comes in the form of homemade falernum that's actually closer to a dram in terms of its warming spice profile.
This tart drink, based around Philly-distilled Bluecoat Gin and Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, has Esmon's fingerprints all over it—housemade elements include red pepper/carrot/ginger syrup and two tinctures, including one made with green cardamom pods from India.
Barbary Corsair ($12)
This golden-hued up drink exemplifies Esmon and Gaal's collaborative drink-making style. She originally wanted sherry in addition to malty genever, but he was worried it'd be too funky. The final recipe features Bols Genever, white port, Elmegirab’s Spanish bitters and a apricot-saffron shrub, the vinegar-based additive Esmon first learned about during a grad school internship with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Casket Girl ($12)
"Casket girls" referred to the chaste young women France sent to its Louisiana colony. This egg white-laden fizz, as the menu explains, "contains leather as well as lace"—single-origin Viñas de Oro pisco, Strega, The King's Ginger, ginger beer, honey and a candied grapefruit garnish.
Walls of Beaten Brass ($12)
Julius Caesar's Cassius utters the line that inspires this drink, where Cazadores reposado tequila, calvados, and Meletti are tempered by golden beet syrup, pink salt, fresh lime, and sparkling water.