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Drink This Weekend Edition: Sanctuaria taps into kegged cocktails

October 28th 03:10pm, 2011

102711_drinkthisTap handles aren’t just for beer anymore. Earlier this month, we reported that keg wine is headed to St. Louis and will make its first appearance at Sasha’s on Shaw, followed by Green Bean in the Central West End. Now, it’s cocktails’ turn to get drafted.

Last week, a new drink menu rolled out at cocktail haven Sanctuaria, including two cocktails on tap. Bartender Joel Clark explained that bringing ‘tails to the tap handle involved batching up enough cocktails to fit inside a 4.5 gallon stainless steel soda keg. The cocktails were then put on ice, just as they would have been if shaken or strained when served individually. Clark tested the mixed drinks as the ice diluted and removed the ice once the cocktails had reached a balanced flavor. Both kegs, which are kept under refrigeration at 38 degrees, were then connected to the taps. Each keg has two hook-up lines, one that brings carbon dioxide to the keg; the other connects to the tap handle. So, has that bit of carbonation changed the character of the cocktail? Not according to Clark. “I have been testing it every day for the last week. It is consistent to me.”

Among the two cocktails, I enjoyed the Uncommon Ground (pictured) for its fall flavors. The drink, which is served up, combines Scotch, cognac, cinnamon syrup, Malbec, passion fruit juice and baked apple bitters. Apple and cinnamon tickle the tongue, and overall, Uncommon Ground tastes of an earthy punch or sangria with a splash of port, which feels quite right on a chilly autumn night.

Four Ways from Sunday is a mixture of Purus vodka, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice and Orchard Pear liqueur. Served tall with crushed ice and topped with club soda and a lemon wedge, this long drink may be familiar to regulars at Sanctuaria since Four Ways from Sunday is really just a tweak to Blonde Ambition – No. 93 on the Sanctuaria Cocktail Club menu, that combines vodka, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice and club soda. The mild-mannered cocktail is a nice seasonal transition sipper that vodka drinkers will especially enjoy.

By Ligaya Figueras

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One Response to “Drink This Weekend Edition: Sanctuaria taps into kegged cocktails”

  1. Kegged cocktails Says:
    January 4th, 2013 at 7:47 am

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