A couple of weeks ago, Nicky, The Piper and I all found ourselves with an open night and a need for some guaranteed good libations. It had been a while since we had spent an evening at Top Flr, so we headed over to check out some of the new cocktails on the menu.
We were glad to see one of our favorite bartenders, Trey, working his magic that night. We have spent several late nights under Trey’s care at Local Three, but this was our first time to find him at Top Flr.
Lots of seasonal changes have been made to the cocktail menu and we found a few new favorites. Knowing we were settling in for a good while, Nicky and I both went to a comfort spot first and started with a Negroni. We also love that Carpano Antica was the vermouth of choice for the Negroni. A favorite.
Here were some highlights of the evening . . .
The Last Dash (Matusalem Platina, Smith & Cross Navy Proof, cardamom-infused agave, orange juice, bitters) – What a fun new find! Came across a bit sweet, but finished salty on the back end. The mix of two contrasting rums worked well and the sprinkle of cardamom on top gave a nice touch.
Piri Reis (bourbon, Overholt rye, cranberry and clove syrup, whiskey bitters, whole egg) – Well, how can you go wrong with both bourbon and rye? Honestly, this was like drinking Christmas to me. The cloves were very prominent and the cranberry was a bit lost. Could have stood a bit more on the bitters, but the whiskey bitters can also give the spicy clove taste, so that, too, may have been masking the cranberry. I do feel like this is more of an after dinner cocktail. It would be a great way to end an evening. But again, we are talking about bourbon and rye, so anytime works for me.
Dutch Courage (Boomsma Genever, Darjeeling and masala syrup, orange and angostura bitters) – The phrase “Dutch Courage” refers to the bracing shots of genever soldiers would throw back before heading into battle in the Anglo-Dutch wars. I love Genever, and this version of “Dutch Courage” keeps the focus steady on the gin with the syrup and bitters playing the perfect supporting roles.
Trey also entertained us with some recipes he has been working on but not quite perfected in his mind. They were terrific and we can’t wait to find them on the menu!
The Piper enjoyed his ale and never once threatened to touch our cocktails.
Top Flr is always a perfect spot for a great, relaxed evening. You can’t ask for better service, nicer people, amazing food and drink, and just the right volume and mix of music. (At some point we should give a shout out to Chef Shane Devereux and his wonderful food menu. We really enjoy our food selections at every visit, but seem to get easily distracted by the cocktails! You will love having dinner here as well as drinks!)
Our previous review of Top Flr can be found here.