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The Scoop: Three local cocktailians break out a classic for a night of old school drinks

September 23rd 04:09pm, 2010

092310_savoyArea bartenders Chad George, Matt Obermark and Matt Seiter have cracked open the (cocktail) history book to bring St. Louis tipplers an adventure in lost and forgotten libations. The revival starts at 6 p.m. next Monday at Atomic Cowboy in The Grove neighborhood, where this talented group will be serving up five different recipes from The Savoy Cocktail Book. Originally published in 1930, this title features recipes from London’s glitzy Savoy Hotel, the birthplace of some of the most famous cocktails in the world.

To make drinks such as the Havana, Jabberwock and Filmograph, you need archaic ingredients like kola tonic (made from the kola nut) and Caperitif (a South African white wine aperitif). The trio of cocktailians has done their homework and will have these homemade items ready for stirring and shaking.

Thanks to its great balance, George expects the Havana to be the most popular drink of the evening. “It’s a balance of dry and sweet, herbaceous and fruity with a hint of citrus.” He deems the Jabberwock, which features dry sherry, Caperitif and gin, the most interesting. “It looks and smells like a martini but it’s a good mingling of flavors,” he said. Other cocktails on the menu include Modern Cocktail No. 2, for which they will use The Bitter Truth’s new sloe gin; and the Kingston, a rum-based drink that calls for, kummel, a caraway-flavored liqueur, among other things.

It wouldn’t be an old school night without period costume. Look for the gents donning arm garters, vests, suspenders, bow ties, aprons and even facial hair to match the times. Then place your order with one of them.

Savoy Night is the third in a series called Drink Lab, nights of themed cocktails crafted by local bartenders. For more information, visit their web page.

By Ligaya Figueras

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