LOUNGE LIZARD – It’s five o’clock somewhere

Vista 18 steps outside the bounds for brunch

When I think of cocktails, I tend to think after five (and never tire of that old saw: It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere in the world).

Recently I found myself at Vista 18 for brunch and while it’s standard to have Mimosas, Kirs or Caesars, I thought I’d step outside the bounds, throw caution to the wind and peruse their cocktail menu to see if there are other cocktails that might lend themselves to the worship of the egg.

Le Petit Dej, short for Le Petit Dejeuner (The Breakfast) seemed to be crying out to be recognized as a perfect companion to bacon and eggs. A mixture of whisky washed with bacon fat married with Sortilage – a maple liqueur – and dashes of angostura, I mean really, who needs the pancake?

Surprisingly the combination was underwhelming and the maple lacked presence with the bacon, only showing up in the flavor profile because a slice was the jaunty garnish.

As I looked at the cocktail menu for another concoction it was as if it was designed with brunch rather than late night in mind. The Bonnie Brose with Whyte and McKay Scotch, toasted oat honey syrup, espresso and cream would work wonderfully with sausages. Then there was the Bourbon Cozy that gets my vote for a match with your morning oatmeal, adding spiced simple syrup and steamed milk to tame Bulleit bourbon. Both were delicious and the kind of drinks that can become addictive.

Around town: There is a sad item to report, beloved Clive’s Classic Lounge bartender, Brendan Brewster, passed away recently.

He will be sorely missed for his warmth, hospitality and kindness. Here’s to you, Brendo Nintendo.

 

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