LOUNGE LIZARD – Cocktails in Royal Oak

It was a busy Saturday when we decided to stop at the Med Grill in Royal Oak.

It was a busy Saturday when we decided to stop at the Med Grill in Royal Oak. Perusing the cocktail menu, it was a delight to find that the price for a 2 oz. Tanqueray Martini is $8 — a much better value than The Guild’s $16, 3-oz. version.

It was feeling autumnal, so a couple of bourbon cocktails seemed to be the right order for the day, along with some yummy Blue Moon wings. The Jeffrey brought together Knob Creek, Remy, Cinzano and Benedictine in an obviously spirit-forward concoction that I truly enjoyed and would have again. The other cocktail, the Orange Grove, would have seen Bulleit, muddled orange, Triple Sec with a splash of cranberry mixed together — had they actually thought to put the bourbon and cranberry in the glass. Seems they have a distracted bartender on board and the funny thing was that the glass was full of ice and the liquid filled less than half the glass — you’d think even the server might have picked up that something was amiss.

The clumsy bartending reminded me of a recent foray to Lot 1 where I ordered a martini from the server and was asked what that was.

On a final note, I’d recommend Art of the Cocktail and a not to-be-missed session on Foraging for Cocktails with LA based writer/bartender Matthew Biancaniello and the lovely women from Gather

 

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