This cocktail is Ramsdell's second favorite drink on the menu and is his riff on the classic Manhattan, with a major overhaul of the traditional proportions. Vya sweet vermouth makes up the bulk of the cocktail, and is augmented with Rittenhouse Rye and a large dose of Amargo Vallet Angostura Bitters served in an absinthe-rinsed coupe. Inspiration for this cocktail struck when Ramsdell tasted other cocktails made with huge quantities of bitters, such as the Trindad Sour and the Gunshop Fizz. The Moneypenny highlights the botanicals in the Vya sweet vermouth, with warm spices from the bitters.
Glass Case of Emotion ($9)
Ramsdell's mentor, Daniel Parker, created a kombu tinture during Ramsdell's time mixing cocktail at Yakuza. The tincture is made by combining the seaweed with a high-proof vodka. It was Ramsdell's idea to add the tincture to blended Scotch to mimic the briny flavor found in Islay scotches. For this cocktail, Ramsdell uses The Famous Grouse blended Scotch, a few dashes of kombu tincture, strained fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, and a healthy pinch of sea salt to make all of the flavors pop.
Border Patrol ($9)
This cocktail is made with smoky Vida Mezcal, Fernet Vallet, fresh lime juice, demerara syrup and a few pinches of salt. "Fernet Branca is a difficult spirit to work with because it's so dominant," says Ramsdell of his choice to use Fernet Vallet instead. "The dryness of the Fernet Vallet works really well," he says. "I tend to think of this drink as a manly Margarita."
Burnt Reynolds ($9)
"I started with the lapsang souchong tea-infused honey, and worked to build a cocktail around that flavor," says Ramsdell. "The smoky tea is also used in the vinaigrette for one of our salads," he notes. This type of cross-pollination of ideas from kitchen to bar is common at Double Dragon. To the tea-infused honey, Ramsdell adds Buffalo Trace bourbon, lemon juice, and Regans Orange Bitters No. 6.
A and B at the Same Time ($9)
This cocktail's name is a nod to the combination of buttons pressed when playing Double Dragon (the video game.) "Gin and aquavit play really nicely together in the perfect marriage of botanicals," says Ramsdell. "Aquavit can be overpowering on its own, so this is a great way for many new drinkers to explore the spirit." The cocktail is a blend of Boodles gin, House Spirits Aquavit, grapefruit and lemon juice, with a pinch of salt to bring out the brightness of the grapefruit.