November 14, 2013

34 St. Louis Cocktails You Should Try

Each week RFT food & drink blog Gut Check features a cocktail worth trying with its Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion. We've collected all of them here for a St. Louis booze cruise, via these snapshots of St. Louis cocktail culture. Take a spin through these while you practice your impression of Jon Hamm as Don Draper glaring into space.

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360's "Midnight Bloom" includes Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon, blackberries, mint and a topper of club soda.
360's "Midnight Bloom" includes Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon, blackberries, mint and a topper of club soda.
Five Bistro's "Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels" is a smoky cocktail. Lime juice slices through the smoke, and the subtle spice from the velvet falernum carries the back end. Nothing is overpowering in the drink. We could've had at least one more without blinking.
Five Bistro's "Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels" is a smoky cocktail. Lime juice slices through the smoke, and the subtle spice from the velvet falernum carries the back end. Nothing is overpowering in the drink. We could've had at least one more without blinking.
The Royale's "Subcontinental" is comprised of gin and Cointreau with fresh lime and cucumber juices.
The Royale's "Subcontinental" is comprised of gin and Cointreau with fresh lime and cucumber juices.
Maryland House's Gin Rickey: Two ounces of gin, the juice of half a lime and sparkling water. It's less harsh than a gin and tonic, and you also sound cooler ordering it.
Maryland House's Gin Rickey: Two ounces of gin, the juice of half a lime and sparkling water. It's less harsh than a gin and tonic, and you also sound cooler ordering it.
Annie Gunn's "Just Around the Corner" features a local gin (Pinckney Bend) and a local beer (Civil Life).
Annie Gunn's "Just Around the Corner" features a local gin (Pinckney Bend) and a local beer (Civil Life).
Grapefruit and tequila make up the New Moon Room's "Sidewinder".
Grapefruit and tequila make up the New Moon Room's "Sidewinder".
Sanctuaria's Mint Julep: Served in a chilled silver goblet, the Sanctuaria julep is worthy of a sweet Southern belle sitting on a warm Kentucky porch in May. It's not too fancy or avant garde. It's lots of mint and lots of bourbon and just the right amount of sweetness. And oh, that mint!
Sanctuaria's Mint Julep: Served in a chilled silver goblet, the Sanctuaria julep is worthy of a sweet Southern belle sitting on a warm Kentucky porch in May. It's not too fancy or avant garde. It's lots of mint and lots of bourbon and just the right amount of sweetness. And oh, that mint!
The Fortune Teller Bar's "Mason Jar" is made with all housemade ingredients (aside from the dry vermouth, but close enough). The "Mason Jar," which is served in a martini glass, not a Mason jar, has a base of pickle-infused vodka that comes from a big ol' container filled with vodka and pickles on a shelf behind the bar.
The Fortune Teller Bar's "Mason Jar" is made with all housemade ingredients (aside from the dry vermouth, but close enough). The "Mason Jar," which is served in a martini glass, not a Mason jar, has a base of pickle-infused vodka that comes from a big ol' container filled with vodka and pickles on a shelf behind the bar.
Pat's "Blue Molly" (colorful cocktail -- with a straw! -- made with raspberry vodka, sweet and sour, and Sprite).
Pat's "Blue Molly" (colorful cocktail -- with a straw! -- made with raspberry vodka, sweet and sour, and Sprite).
Pin-Up Bowl's "Sidecar": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion
Pin-Up Bowl's "Sidecar": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion