Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go.
Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature:
"Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion"
Each week we take you to one of our favorite St. Louis bars (and, oh, the list is long) for a drink (or two) we -- in consultation with the bartender -- highly recommend.
This week's cocktail takes us to Five Bistro (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553) on the Hill. After bar manager Mary Mangan walked Gut Check through the restaurant's cocktail menu, we still couldn't decide whether we wanted a tequila- or a mezcal-based beverage. The kind of week we're having, we went with "Both."
Mangan originally crafted the Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels for a server who was seeking a citrusy and smoky beverage after a shift. The bar had just received a mezcal (a Mexican spirit closely related to tequila made from the maguey plant), so that covered the smoky aspect. Tequila and lime juice followed. At the time, fresh sage and lemon balm were available in the kitchen and rounded out the drink.
As for the name, Mangan is a fan of the Guy Ritchie film and had just watched it the same week. Thus, a cocktail was born.
"It was kind of a fluke, and it just ended up being something I really liked," she says.
Mangan isn't the only one who liked the cocktail: the Lock, Stock, & 2 Smoking Barrels placed second in the recent Ford Hotel Supply cocktail competition.
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