By Gabby Richman / Photo by Debby Wolvos
After a first successful year serving up exotic drinks in a tropical tiki environment, UnderTow is setting sail on a new journey.
Located below Sip Coffee & Beer Garage, the 30-seater bar recently expanded its hours (open daily) and a now offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The biggest change is the revamp of UnderTow’s menu, which launched in September. The handwritten, hardbound menu brims 38 handcrafted cocktails, including some returning favorites and 25 all-new recipes.
Telling the story of a young stowaway from Shanghai who hitches a ride to America aboard the UnderTow, the new menu features a mix of classic and modern twists on traditional tiki cocktails, and showcases exotic imported goods such as Asian citrus and teas, tropical orchid flowers and a globe-straddling collection of rums and other fine spirits.
The clear showstopper is Mallory’s Treasure ($35), named in honor of UnderTow Captain, John Mallory. This cocktail takes inspiration from the classic Old-Fashioned, but gives it an island overhaul.
Deep, rich and fragrant 18-year-old Agricole Rhum mingles with Japanese whisky, sherry, Italian amaro, palm sugar and orange bitters for the ultimate balanced sipper.
“The addition of the earthy palm sugar and amaro help to make this cocktail sing the captain’s favorite tune!” exclaims UnderTow owner and creator of Mallory’s Treasure, Jason Asher.
The drink is presented tableside in the captain’s treasure chest, while smoke bellows from the chest and the treasure sparkles. The crystal decanter is gently removed and the cocktail is slowly poured over the captain’s diamond ice cube inside one of his most precious crystal glasses.
3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.753.6504; www.undertowphx.com.