Margarita del Techo ($12 single / $45 pitcher)
"Everybody wants a top shelf margarita, a Cadillac margarita," says Lane. This version is made with single estate vintage-dated Tequila Ocho Plata as well as a bit of Fidencio Mezcal Clasico, which adds a touch of savory earthiness to anchor the drink. "It's just enough to give it a little extra smoke," says Lane. The tart lime cocktail is sweetened with Combier triple sec and Mandarine Napoleon liqueur. "That's the Cadillac part," notes Lane. "It's a little more robust."
A traditional Chilcano is made with pisco and ginger ale or ginger beer, plus lots of lime, but some versions have passionfruit added. "This version is a little more complex," notes Lane, who chose to use a spicy fresh ginger syrup and Q club soda instead of ginger beer, and incorporated passionfruit and a halo of Angostura and Creole bitters on top of a cone of ice.
The roof will be open year round, and food and drinks are served by waiters—there's no lining up at the bar. Glass walls shelter diners and drinkers from wind while still allowing for a panoramic view, and heat lamps keep things cozy.
Looking for a shot and beer? For $10, the Tres Amigos includes a bottle of Victoria Lager, a shot of Tequila Ocho, and the slightly spicy and savory house sangrita, made with pineapple, cilantro, celery, lime, and chilies.
Daisy de Santiago ($9)
"This is basically a daiquiri served tall, with soda and Yellow Chartreuse," says Lane. "I'd have this on a sunny day." This drink is a little herbaceous, and aromatic with its crown of fresh mint. Lane uses Denizen rum: "It's a Danish-style blended rum, and it's pretty rich, and a little bit funky, so it can stand up to a lot of citrus, which I like," says Lane.
Caught In The Act
"I'd totally order a piña colada." confessed Lane. "I'm big on guilty-pleasure drinks."
Piña Colada ($10 single / $36 pitcher)
A whole slew of different rums go into this rich concoction: Denizen white rum, Appleton 12-Year ("a lovely heavy-bodied Jamaican rum"), a little Smith & Cross Navy Strength Rum, and El Dorado 12 to go into the drink. ("That one's a contender for the best rum for the price—it's a demerara rum from Guyana with lovely brown sugar notes to it," says Lane.) Mixed with pineapple juice and a little lime, it's served on crushed ice with a fresh grating of cinnamon.
Pisco Apricot Tropical ($10)
"This is a lighter drink," says Lane, "It drinks like a daiquiri." Inspired by a rum and apricot brandy cocktail recipe in Charles H. Baker's Jigger, Beaker and Glass, this pisco cocktail is made with Humani pisco made from Quebranta grapes, mixed with Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot, fresh lime, Angostura bitters, and pineapple gum syrup from Small Hand Foods.
How to Get In
The entrance to El Techo is to the left of the main Lolinda doorway. Take the elevator to the top!