By Gabby Richman / Photo by Debby Wolvos
The idea of beer and wine flights is simple: Patrons customize their experiences by mixing and matching mini varieties of beer or wine that a restaurant has on its menu to get multiple flavor profiles in one sitting.
2601 on Central, a new Central Phoenix hangout, takes flights to a whole new level … a martini level.
“I’ve always loved beer flights and tasting dinners, and I wondered why people were never given that opportunity with martinis,” explains 2601 on Central Regional Manager Jen Moreland. “Our sample sizes give people the opportunity to try more of our unique menu at one time.”
The new spot, which serves up Southwest-influenced comfort food in addition to craft cocktails, offers six different specialty martinis, all of which can be ordered in full size ($12) or in smaller sizes on the martini flight ($14 or $10 during daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.).
Each 3-ounce mini martini features about 1 ounce of liquor accompanied by unique housemade syrups and fresh-pressed juices to fill out the cocktails.
“Some of them [the martini variations] are completely new flavor profiles and some are a new take on an old favorite,” Moreland says. “We love the idea of putting our stamp on things and giving our employees creative license to try new things.”
Pictured here are the French Kiss, Sucia and Willow varieties.
“The French Kiss is a sweet treat with fruity and citrusy flavors. The Sucia is dark and savory with a dry finish. The Willow is a unique flavor profile with the sweet tart taste of rhubarb with the surprise of an earthy, spicy fennel flavoring.”
The restaurant also offers mimosa and mule flights ($12 regularly and $10 during happy hour).
2601 on Central, 2601 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.466.2074; www.2601oncentralphx.com.