Thank you so much for supporting our staff at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge, At Random, and The Jazz Estate. While you wait for us to re-open, we'd like to offer you a little 'Bryant's at Home' so you can recreate a little magic while you are social distancing for the good of all.
STEP ONE: Make yourself a drink!
We tried to choose a great cocktail for this event, and we decided on the Milwaukee Manhattan, which was created many years ago by our bartender Emily Evans. Why did we pick the Milwaukee Manhattan? It pays homage to Milwaukee and Wisconsin as a whole, while also giving a symbolic shout out to New York City, where citizens are currently experiencing the worst of this virus. Plus, it packs a punch and, let’s be honest, we all need that right now.
2 1/2 oz. Jameson Irish Whisky
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth (we use Noilly Prat Rouge)
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth (we use Dolin Dry Vermouth)
1/2 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add as much ice as will fit. Stir concoction until well chilled. Use a bar spoon if you have one, if not, you can improvise. In a pinch, I’ve used an ice tea spoon, a skewer, a regular spoon, a pen, and once I even used my finger (before you delete this, I was camping and it was for my own drink and I DEFINITELY wouldn’t recommend it now) . You really just want to get the ice moving in circles to properly chill and dilute the cocktail.
Strain cocktail in to chilled cocktail glass and add an orange peel and you’re set!
If you are making two drinks (and I hope you are), use two different mixing glasses. While mixing two drinks together sounds like a time saver, it tends to mess up the dilution.
STEP TWO: Dim those Lights!
You know Bryant’s is dark — it’s especially dark right now, but it’s always some variation of really dark so you’ll want to turn the lights down low. It’s really best to have lots of lights turned down really low rather than one light turned down a little low. How low? We’re talking Barry White and The Love Unlimited Orchestra low. Yeah, that low.
Now, if you have some orange light bulbs, it would add to the authenticity, but we wouldn’t expect you to buy some special bulbs just for this global pandemic.
STEP THREE: Play Some Bryant's Music
Music has always been important to the atmosphere at Bryant’s. Our founder, Bryant Sharp, was the first to install a high end Hi-Fi system in the lounge and attracted the attention of audiophiles as well as cocktail fans. We keep this tradition, playing a wonderfully curated selection of music on our McIntosh Audio system, which dates back to 1971.
We’ve set up a little taste of Bryant’s At Home on Spotify:
We'd strongly recommend that you pay for the commercial-free Spotify Premium - after all, you'd never want to be interrupted with commercials while enjoying a cocktail at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge.
STEP FOUR: Enjoy!
Sit in your favorite chair with your favorite human and enjoy the taste and sound of Bryant’s.
We’ll be back sooner than later. We’ve dealt with fires, floods, and three cars running in to the front of our building. We’ll survive this too! We’ll see you when the neon light shines again.
Thanks again for your support!