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Volume(s) 6: The Golden Age

When first-timers take a seat at West Main, they get the same introduction: “we are a nineteenth century-inspired craft cocktail bar; we make all our ingredients in-house so as to provide the most authentic drinking experience possible,” with “authenticity” being the operative word. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

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Gin & Tonic

The Gin & Tonic has its origins in India during the nineteenth century, when British soldiers added gin to their tonic water to make it palatable. Tonic water is a carbonated beverage containing quinine, a bitter medication used to treat malaria. We make our tonic water from quinine tincture, gentian

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Summer Menu, 2020

Among many cultural casualties, Coronavirus has wrecked the familiar experience of dining out.  Sweaty sidewalk seating, near-empty restaurants, PPE-shrouded staff, limited menus, all are part of our world now—some for the better, but still unfamiliar.  While the experience may have changed, the earnestness of your locally-owned restaurants and bars has

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Barrel Aged Chrysanthemum

honeycomb, bergamot, anise, apple blossomnoilly prat dry vermouth, bénédictine, absinthe, monk bitters An aperitif-style mixed drink, the chrysanthemum is a “lost” classic with hints of honey, vanilla, and wormwood.  Created in the twilight of the Golden Age, it survived Prohibition and now enjoys a special place as the go-to option

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My Safe Word Is “Sanctuary”

orange, cinnamon, chocolate, blackberryKentucky bourbon, dubonnet rouge, picon, cointreau An obscure Golden Age cocktail with a murky origin story, the original Sanctuary belonged to a greater group of quinquina-based cocktails prepared with aromatized wine, Dubonnet Rouge.  Our version is fortified with bourbon and barrel-aged, imbuing it with flavors of butterscotch, toffee,

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End Mark

end mark (n.): a mark used to signify the end of a transcript. Each week, our talented bar staff is challenged to create a new cocktail–or a riff on an existing classic–which not only follows in the thematic footsteps of the current volume, but also stays true to the mission statement of

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