The Churchill may have a retro industrial aesthetic, but on Thursday, September 6th, the West Third Street gastropub is debuting a shiny new cocktail menu, created by the fabulous Mia Sarazen. Owners Beau Laughlin and Brett Cranston (The Hudson) have made a savvy choice in tapping Sarazen, who has played a key role in craft cocktail spots like Areal, Black Market Liquor Bar and Harvard & Stone.
Following is The Churchill’s new cocktail list, which is focused on fresh ingredients and wide appeal.
- The Grand Alliance: Plymouth Gin, Carpano, Campari, Maraschino
- Hyde Park Fizz: Nolet’s gin, Bonal Quina, honey, lime, cucumber, basil, soda
- Thirsty in LA: Correlejo Reposado, Aperol, Ciociaro Amaro, mezcal rinse
- The Iron Mule: Russian Standard, ginger, lime, soda, bitters
- Norman’s Cable Car: Sailor Jerry Rum, housemade curacao, lemon, cinnamon & sugar rim
- The Churchill Old Fashioned: Old Fitzgerald bourbon, house bitters, sugar
- The Statesman: Famous Grouse, apricot, lemon, baked apple bitters, sparkling
- Baby’s First Bourbon: Bulleit Bourbon, orgeat, lemon, house bitters
- The Bulldog: Milagro blanco, passion, pineapple, lime, jalepeno
- Rye 2 Ways: Bulleit Rye, dry vermouth, grenadine, lemon, up. (Or add Allagash White for a Fizzy & Tall.)
- The Grapes of Wrath: Kappa Pisco, lime, pineapple, egg whites, bitters, cinnamon
- Amelia: Ketel One, lemon, St.Germain, violet, blackberries
Sarazen said the “Thirsty in LA” was inspired by an improvised cocktail she made for me at Neat’s grand opening party last year, a fantastic riff on a Negroni made with Fortaleza Reposado, Abano and Aperol. While Sarazen’s Thirsty in LA isn’t the first cocktail with that name, it’s the first one that’s appeared on a permanent menu, and quite an honor.
Watch this space for an in-depth look at Sarazen’s new cocktails. Any guesses as to which one I’ll try first?