By Alison Bailin Batz
Venues across the Valley are taking many of men’s most beloved classic cocktails – think Manhattans, the Old-Fashioned, martinis – and giving them an updated twist for today. Here are some of our favorites to treat yourself (or your man) to this month:
Bar 1936 at Camelback Inn
Lady in Red, $12
This specialty martini is made with Palos Alto Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, lime juice and grenadine. Just like its namesake – a lady in red – it’s extremely hot and spicy, in the best way possible.
5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979; www.camelbackinn.com.
Flinn’s Dilemma, $10
Named after a mighty man named Flinn who did things on his own terms, this cocktail is a twist on the classic whisky sour that uses both Jameson and Bushmills together with housemade honey lemonade, muddled fresh mint and a sugared rim.
3717 E. Indian School Road, hoenix; 602.954.1700; www.beckettstable.com.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
La Piraña, $13
This reinterpreted gimlet was inspired by Blue Hound’s instrumentally gifted staff, and it is named a Jack White song. For the cocktail, they use the potent combination of a smokey mescal, a spice-infused gin, Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur and lime. It’s finished with a sprig of basil for garnish and added flavor.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.258.0231; www.bluehoundkitchen.com.
3 Bitter Manhattan, $12
A slight twist, but one that makes all the difference in the flavor, this Manhattan is made with traditional ingredients, save for the bar’s housemade Dropout Bitter Trio, a sweet and strong bitters made by the staff.
7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.1700; www.culinarydropout.com.
Kelly’s at Southbridge
Pike Creek Old Fashioned, $15
Made with Pike Creek Whisky, orange, cherries and Cane Sugar Black Walnut Bitters rather than traditional Angostura Bitters, this cocktail results in a richly nutty yet earthy flavor.
7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.393.3205; www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.
44 Manhattan, $18
Knob Creek Single Barrel bourbon is combined with Luxardo Liqueur, Liquor 43, Sweet Vermouth, and angostura bitters for a unique take on a classic
5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400; www.steak44.com.
Czech The Gate, $12
A truly unique take on the standard whiskey sour, this version uses Redemption Rye Whiskey, and then adds a dizzyingly delicious pear liqueur to the recipe as well as lemon for a fun finish.
4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8020; www.thehenryrestaurant.com.
Torch Cigar Bar
Smoked Manhattan, $10
Easily one of the coolest looking takes on a Manhattan visually and aromatically, expect a bourbon-soaked oak flavor and lots of smokiness. And we mean that literally, as they smoke the glass to bring out the nose and flavors, not to mention give guests a show visually.
5450 E. High St., Phoenix; 800.641.8672; www.torchcigarbar.com.