3 namesake cocktails at St. Louis restaurants we're obsessed with right now
We love an eponymous cocktail: If a drink is good enough that a bar or restaurant is willing to stake their name to it, we want to give it a try. At new dinner club Mainlander, the Mainlander cocktail reflects the restaurant’s tiki-inspired aesthetic; featuring a blend of Jamaican and Missouri rums, Missouri black walnut liqueur and served flaming, “it’s the tiki cocktail,” co-owner-chef Blake Askew said. Similarly, Bistro La Floraison’s delicate, slightly floral La Floraison, made with rosé, passion fruit liqueur and suze (a French aperitif), embodies the restaurant’s sweet vibes.
At Lazy Tiger, the power of the signature drink proved so strong, co-owner Tim Wiggins had to temporarily retire the Lazy Tiger, because customers often ordered the smoky, earthy, slightly spicy mezcal cocktail (ingredients include serrano pepper and Tajin, as well as orange shrubb, honey and lime) without reading the description, resulting in the occasional disappointment. It’s back now, but Lazy Tiger’s experience is instructive: Just because a bar’s namesake cocktail is calibrated to their palate, it’s not guaranteed that it will be to yours, so be sure to check the ingredients first.
Mainlander, 8 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, mainlanderstl.com
Bistro La Floraison, 7637 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.8880, bistrolafloraison.com
Lazy Tiger, 210 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.925.8888, lazytigestl.com
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