by Sabra Girard - 70 Reviews - 40 List
Although we all can appreciate a raspberry mojito, it's good to get back to the classic cocktails. These vintage drinks are lost or hard to see through the fluff of some bar menus yet there are a few places that honor the original mix and presentation of these nostalgic concoctions.
Updated: October 21, 2009
This Galleria steakhouse is all about nostalgia with old pictures of celebrities covering the walls and reminiscent recipes for the kitchen and bar. The Marked Manhattan is a blend of Maker's Mark bourbon and Sweet Vermouth. It's so good it will take you back.
This Fort Worth steakhouse focuses on traditional steaks and cocktails with some modern modifications. The bartenders here shake their Zodiac vodka till it's bruised and poured with shiny layers of slivered ice and add cold olives to garnish. And their sophisticated Manhattan is two parts Woodford Reserve bourbon and one parts Sweet Vermouth topped with a plump red cherry.
New Orleans' natives are drawn to this restaurant and bar that pay homage to the French Quarter and a reliable cocktail. A well known mixologist ensures that their classic martini is served with Plymouth gin and their Manhattan with either RI bourbon or Knob Creek, bitters and Luxardo Liqueur.
So you want tradition in your drink but trend in your bar--this drink-centric Henderson hangout is for you. Handsome bartenders perform something fierce as they produce their classic version of a gin and vermouth martini. The way they pour is as intoxicating as the drink.