Lorien and I love a good cocktail, so naturally we’re excited about the Eddy! This new cocktail bar opened in Providence and we can’t keep away. Jay Carr and his team of bartenders know what they’re doing when it comes to the libations. And it helps that it’s a block away from our office. I can’t think of a better place to wander into after a long day of work, particularly when you’re ready for someone else to take care you. You don’t even have to put much thought into ordering, because their Bartender’s Choice option on the menu has you covered. Jay – the brains behind the operation – mixes up custom drinks based on your preference. Order the Bartender’s Choice and you’ll be asked a few simple questions about what type of spirits you enjoy, ‘citrusy’ or ‘boozy’….from there on out it’s easy going, just sit back and enjoy. Jay says, ‘So as far as the inspiration for a bartenders choice, that’s where the customer comes in to play. We ask you specific questions to see what your particular tastes are and how adventurous you want to get and tailor a cocktail to that.’
Joanna ordered: Go figure that I order the drink titled ‘The Boozy Drink’. After the week I’ve had, not surprising at all. I told Jay I’m game for just about anything (but not quite ready for the egg in the cocktail). He served me up this tasty concoction of rye whiskey, vermouth, bitters, and more. The drink was smooth and had the tiniest sweetness to balance the bitters and citrus, but certainly not a sweet drink (I’m not typically a fan of sweet cocktails). A bit dangerous really – I could see this drink creeping up on me after I’ve ordered a few. Thankfully the Eddy has a simple but tasty offering of small plates and snacks to accompany their cocktail menu. With items like pickles and pretzels on the menu – I’m an easy sell. I’m going to try my hand at this cocktail at home. I think it would make a great drink for a party.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 oz. old overholt rye whiskey
- .5 oz. averna
- .5 oz. carpano antica formula sweet vermouth
- 1 barspoon luxardo maraschino liqueur
- 1 dash regan’s orange bitters
- stir on ice, servers up in a coupe with a lemon twist.
It was delicious, refreshing, and just strong enough to forget the stresses of the day. What else could I really want. Perfect, thank you Jay!
Lorien ordered: the Eddy has become one of my new favorite places to go for drinks because you know you’re in good hands. Each drink is thoughtfully and expertly made. The combination of flavors they create are unique and complex, they make it easy to step out of my comfort zone and order new drinks I’ve never tried before (they also have a nice selection of beer and wine). This is why I never get nervous about ordering the Bartender’s Choice.
In the spirit of the warm weather, I asked Jay for something citrusy and bright. I wanted something light, something that I could potentially drink all Summer long and with just a few words from me, Jay got it. He made a delicious drink that was citrusy, floral, light, sweet but definitely not too sweet (which I loved/wanted). The drink was complex and all the flavors blended so perfectly together, but you could still taste each ingredient. Every time I sipped I got a burst of the lime, followed up a hint of the basil, each sip was delicious! Thanks Jay!
Here’s the recipe:
- 1.5 oz. square one basil vodka
- .5 oz. simple syrup
- .75 oz. fresh lime juice
- .25 oz. green chartreuse
- 1 dash lavender bitters
- shaken on ice and served up in a coupe