When you think ‘modern day speakeasy,’ your mind should drift to a comfortable bar, with lights ambient and low. You should know when you ask for a drink that the bartender has you covered. In other words, you should be thinking of 109 & Co. nestled on Main Street.
Join us today in chatting with 109’s owner Michael Peace as he previews the flavor combinations found in some of the most recent additions to the cocktail menu.
First up is the sherry-based Downtown Again. Peace says the flavor combination includes, “Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Wisdom & Warter Delicate Cream Sherry, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Cardamaro, St Germain, with a dash of Amargo Bitters. It’s great for those that enjoy port wine or something with less bite.”
Speaking of bites, don’t be afraid to give the Regaliation a try. “This one starts with a base of Bols Genever and then some Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (our go-to sweet Vermouth), Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao (which just arrived into Arkansas this month and is an awesome product), Amaro Montenegro, and a splash of St Elizabeth Allspice Dram. This is one of the heavier of the new cocktails and will be one that both gin and bourbon cocktail fans will enjoy alike.” The drink holds a very crisp, clean taste that will leave you swimming in a dream.
The North St. POV is a crowd-pleaser, and garners its name from Peace’s view from his downtown abode. “This is my personal favorite new cocktail, and I think this one will go over well for those that love Negronis and even those that may not drink a lot of Negronis if they’re not into the bitterness,” he says. “The way the maltiness of the Genever interacts with the Gran Classico and Kina is very delicious, and then the rhubarb from the Zucca comes in and makes you say ‘Wait a minute, what was that?’”
You can’t go wrong with the carefully concocted Death by Midnight. The name isn’t to be taken lightly, as Peace laughs, “It came from one of our trademarks at 109 as having strong drinks.” He’s not kidding. Peace says, “I started on this cocktail about six weeks ago and I’ve changed it probably 15 times. In fact, the only thing that is the same as the first version is the Pernod. … I finally knew it was right when I added the new Tempus Fugit products (the Gran Classico and Kina L’Aero d’Or, which just arrived into Arkansas last week).”
Finally, don’t forget to try the Main St. Sour, Peace’s take on a sour cocktail. “It has El Dorado 5 Year Rum, Amaro Montenegro, Cherry Heering, fresh lemon juice, a little simple syrup, and fresh egg white. Once poured into the coupe glass we use Angostura Bitters more as a garnish than an ingredient … it adds a nice touch to it, and also adds a great aroma as you’re sipping it.” The result is a drink that is balanced, not overly sweet, that triumphantly produces an all-around pleasant drinking experience.
Head over to 109 & Co. to try the dreamy combinations for yourself, your taste buds will thank you in advance.