Do your holiday memories swirl with visions of smoky dens and your first sip of booze more than any jiggy sugarplums or whiffs of fresh pine? Marcos Tello and his team have endowed 1886 Bar at the Raymond with an ambitious new winter cocktail menu that seeks to follow that naughty Proustian path, full of hot drinks, spiced grog, and devoted to favorite vices like coffee, beer, and smoking. Never had the chance to eat a cigarette? Come take a look at the menu and finally, live the dream.
On what might be the seasonal cocktail bar's most ambitious menu yet, a "Chicory Flip" finds rye whiskey infused with chicory-coffee and mixed with Yeti stout, a whole egg, and caramelized chicory coffee sugar, while the bar deconstructs Mexican hot chocolate with ancho-chile infused reposado and its own hot chocolate recipe, along with ancho-chile marshmallows.
Smokiness is present in a mezcal-laced "Per-Sin-Amen," while bartender Lacy Murillo is using real tobacco-infused bitters in the "Smoking Jacket," pictured above, employing Irish pot-still whiskey, captured maplewood smoke, and edible orange vanilla ash to relive her memory of taking a sip from a drink granddad might have put his cigar out in, but presumably much better tasting.
A "Coffee and Cigarettes" cocktail is described by Tello as "basically a chocolate version of a White Russian, but it's lengthened with stout," giving it the appearance of coffee and the flavors of chocolate and java. To complement this Jarmuschian libation, The Raymond's chef Tim Guiltinan created a hand-rolled cigarette from edible, flavored paper that adds the taste of vanilla to the drink's chocolate flavor. It even comes served inside of metal ashtray, recalling holiday memories that hopefully don't involve anyone feeding you cigarettes.
Check out 1886 Bar's full winter menu below.
Winter Cocktail Menu
By Marcos Tello & 1886 Bar Team
A palate pleasing deconstruction of traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate - Just like grandma (abuelita) used to make. Served Hot...Thanks Jeff!
Ancho-Chile infused Reposado Tequila, 1886 Hot Chocolate Mix, & Ancho-Chile Marshmallow
Groggy Greg Gertmenians interpretation of traditional grog- utilizing ale, sugar, & lime. We serve it piping hot (and in keeping with 1756 Naval Code) in the presence of the Lieutenant of the Watch, all wrapped up in an ancient mariner koozie (wink, wink). Black Rum & 1886 Grog
In the 1700s Flips were made with ale, spirit, whole eggs, and sugarWed like to offer you up this coffee infused version. Served Cold!
Chicory-Coffee infused Rye Whiskey, Yeti Stout, One Whole Egg, & Caramelized Chicory-Coffee Sugar
Pimms Cup No. 2
Back in the 1880s there were many different variations of Pimms Bottled Cocktails, most of which have been lost through the ages. This season we bring you yet another re-created Pimms Cup.This one is housemade with Scotch.
Scotch based Pimms No. 2, citrus juices, ginger, mint, cucumber, & soda water
Oak Knoll Manhattan
With so many spirit forward cocktails named after New York neighborhoods these daysNative New Yorker Danny Cymbal has decided to craft one for the Dena! Creating a housemade mulled wine vermouth utilizing a lot of spices and botanicals originally grown in this area, we bring you this very special spirituous winter cocktail.
Bonded Bourbon, Dry Vermouth, and 1886 Mulled Vermouth
Dazing and delighting the senses, cocktail conjurer Kate Grutman from Sotto has lent us this enchanting recipe for the season.
Bols Genever, Housemade Pistachio Orgeat, Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon & Housemade Sambuca Bitters
Head Barman Garret McKechnies vision of: Sinful Cinnamon and Sexy, Smoky Mescal tied together by seasonal Persimmon. Now try saying that 10 times fast!
Mescal, Fresh Persimmons, Housemade Cinnamon Bark Syrup, Lime, & Chocolate-Creole Bitters
The Smoking Jacket
Lacey Murillo transports you to a land of cigar smoke & whiskey - a complete multi-sensory experience. Dare to don the smoking jacket!
Pot Still Irish Whiskey, 1886 Tobacco Bitters, Maplewood Smoke, & Orange Vanilla Ash
SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: Tobacco Use Increases The Risk Of Infertility, Stillbirth, And Low Birth Weight.
Coffee & Cigarettes
Brady Weise, a master of fermented beverage, brings you this song to an age old cliché. Served with an edible cigarette, meant to be eaten not smoked, along with your beverageThanks Mikey!
Vodka, Dark Crème de Cacao, Yeti Stout, Hand Whipped Cream, & Vanilla Paper Rolled Cigarette
Just like a classic car sometimes classic cocktails need a bit of time to come into their own. The Caprice is one of those whose potential was recognized by 1886 barman Danny Cymbal.
Beefeater Gin, Dry Vermouth, Benedictine, & Orange Bitters - Aged for 8 Months in a Bourbon Barrel