Singapore Sling in Forty Four at Royalton




About Me

Robert Simonson

Brooklyn, New York

Since 1988, I have lived in New York City, arguably the wine and cocktail capital of the world. I do my best to fully enjoy its status as such. And, since I’m a journalist by trade, I can’t help but write about it. I do so for such publications as The New York Times, Imbibe, Decanter, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Malt Advocate,, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan and (the late) New York Sun. I hold an advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and another from the Beverage Alcohol Resource

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Forty Four, the Complete Menu, Punch and All

Now that the Royalton’s new bar program is officially open for business, I feel at liberty to unveil the entire cocktail menu, designed by Cocktail Collection pictured above. I had the opportunity to preview some of the drinks last week at a time when all six members were in attendance. I can speak well of the Maiden’s Prayer, Champagne Cobbler, Stone Place, Hocus Pocus and very well of Vieux Carre (made not too sweet, as is often the case), Other Word and the Martha Washington Punch, which is beautifully served up in a crystal bowl and heavy glasses, which fresh slices of citrus and freshly grated nutmeg. I put the authors of the various drinks (those I could remember) in parentheses.


There will also be a barrel program, in which certain spirits will be aged in particular barrels and then later used to mix into proprietary cocktails.


One amusing note: One of Misty Kalkofen’s contributions, the Pharoah Cooler, was on the menu for only the briefest time. Forty Four gets all its fruit and juices from a local organic supplier. Soon after the Cooler went on the menu, the bar was informed that Watermelon was no longer in season. So the Cooler’s brief reign was over. She will soon add a different drink.
Here’s the menu:


Forty Four at Royalton 

Cocktail Menu

Classics – These cocktails pay homage to the finest hotel bars from around the globe, and they serve as a testament to the legacy of the bartenders who presided therein.

Maiden’s Prayer (No. 2) (Richard Boccato): Gin, calvados, Cocchi Americano, and apricot liqueur stirred and served up with a twist.

This virtuous ode to chastity and unrequited love dates back to 1930 from Mr. Harry Craddock at the legendary American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London. 

National Cocktail aka Hotel Nacional (John Lermeyer): A daiquiri of sorts with dry white rum, fresh organic juices of pineapple and lime, apricot brandy, and a touch of sugar.

This is the signature eponymous drink from the famed Havana haunt of the same name. 

The Pharaoh Cooler (Misty Kalkofen): A tequila highball featuring fresh organic watermelon and lime juices, house-made grenadine, a hint of cane syrup, and a few dashes of rosewater.

An inimitable modern classic from the highly lauded Merchant Hotel in Belfast. 

Vieux Carre (Eric Alperin): Rye whiskey, cognac, and sweet vermouth with Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters and a Benedictine rinse on the glass.

This timeless treasure from the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans is served with a twist over a hand cut rock of ice. 

Champagne Cobbler (Willy Shine): Champagne poured tall over crushed ice with lightly muddled citrus zest, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters and a crown of fresh fruits in season.

One of the many masterpieces from “Professor” Jeremiah P. Thomas during his tenure as principal bartender at The Metropolitan Hotel in New York City. 

Singapore Sling (Simon Ford): Plymouth gin, cherry heering, cointreau, benedictine, fresh organic pineapple juice, house-made grenadine and Angostura bitters shaken and topped with a splash of soda. 

Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon’s venerated classic from the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. This is the highball that set the standard for all others to follow. 

Cocktail Collective Originals – Inspired by all that has come before and all that is yet to be realized.

The Hocus Pocus (Misty): Gin, sweet vermouth, Combier and the unmistakable charm of Fernet Branca stirred and served up with an orange twist.

This is a variation of Ada Coleman’s infamous Hanky Panky Cocktail. 

The Stone Place (Willy): Jamaican rum, fresh squeezed organic lemon and orange juices and house-made grenadine shaken and served up.

A play on the indisputable classic Ward Eight cocktail.

The Other Word (Eric): Mezcal, fresh squeezed organic lime juice, agave nectar, yellow chartreuse and maraschino liqueur shaken and served up.

The Detroit Athletic Club was the birthplace of the Last Word, which is the inspiration for this new modern favorite. 

Italian-American Reconciliation: Rye whiskey, Amaro Lucano and a scant portion of house-made orgeat served over a hand-cut rock of ice with a Sambuca rinse on the glass.

An indirect homage to the indispensable Old Fashioned that was made famous at the bar at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. 

Red Pepper Daisy: Tequila, agave nectar, and fresh squeezed organic lime juice shaken and topped with a splash of soda.

An agave based take on the classic daisies of the 1800’s. 

English 75: Gin, fresh organic lemon juice, raspberries, simple syrup and rose water topped with champagne.

A peaceful reinterpretation of the French 75, whose name is taken from an artillery cannon used during World War I. 


Martha Washington: 12 year old Jamaican rum, dry white rum, fresh squeezed organic lemon and orange juice, house made spiced sugar and curaçao; finished with a touch of spice

Fish House: 12 year old Guyanese demerara rum, Cognac, peach liqueur, fresh squeezed organic lemon juice with fresh grated nutmeg

Pineapple Royale: 12 year aged Jamaican rum, pisco, Champagne, house made curaçao and fresh organic pineapple and lemon juice; finished with a dusting of fresh grated nutmeg

Blue Mountain: 21 year old Jamaican rum, fresh squeezed organic lime juice, demerara syrup, allspice dram; finished with a dusting of fresh ground Blue Mountain coffee and nutmeg

Posted by Robert Simonson at 5:24 PM

Cherry Heering in Beer Cocktail



Beer cocktails: Preconceptions shaken and stirred

By Special to MIX



Good beer, it can be pretty easily argued, is perfect and complete by itself. It’s complex and flavorful and doesn’t need anything else … except that a band of intrepid young mixologists see good beer as a starting point for something better — beer cocktails.

Straight-ahead beer fan that I am, I have to agree that beer cocktails open up a brave new world. I recently got to taste and talk about beer cocktails with some of Portland’s most ardent proponents: mixologist Jacob Grier, New School blogger Ezra Johnson-Greenough and Yetta Vorobik, owner of the Hop & Vine, where Grier and Johnson-Greenough held an event in the summer called Brewing Up Cocktails. They plan to repeat it this month, also at the Hop & Vine.

Though beer has often enough been mixed with lemonade and citrus juices for shandies and radlers, and tomato juice or V8 juice for the red beer that tastes so good the morning after, beer as an ingredient in cocktails is relatively rare. The few exceptions, such as a Bavarian cocktail of dark Weizen beer, cola and cherry schnapps or the all-American Boilermaker — a shot of whiskey dropped into a mug of factory lager — prove the rule that the beer cocktail is Terra Incognita for most of us.

“I think that may be because beer is still thought of in some quarters as the pale yellow stuff that comes out of the one or two taps that a bar may have,” said Grier, who was bar manager for the late Carlyle Restaurant and is now brand ambassador for the Jacob Bols company. Both Grier and Johnson-Greenough are well-versed enough in the beer world to know that it makes a perfect ingredient for almost any flavor profile imaginable.

The Brewers Association currently lists well more than 100 different styles of beer, everything from tart, pale Berliner Weissbiers to rich, black, roasty stouts and countless variations between. Add the Beervanan tendency to barrel-age and blend sour beers, or to brew one-off special beers with herbs and botanicals as Upright Brewing is wont to do, and you have a vast array of flavors to pair, contrast and resonate with the spirits, liqueurs, syrups and bitters in the adventurous cocktailian’s armamentarium.

“Everybody’s making cocktails with pretty much the same choice of ingredients,” said bartender Christian Rouillier of Cassidy’s, “but when you use beer as an ingredient, you’re adding a whole new dimension.”

“I started playing with beer cocktails,” Grier said, “after attending a seminar in New Orleans two years ago by Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont, about seeing beer as an ingredient instead of the drink itself. He made a cocktail there called a Green Devil that combined the aromatics of gin and absinthe with the big, foamy head of Duvel (Belgian ale) to make a fantastic drink.”

Ross William HamiltonAt North Portland’s Hop & Vine, beer isn’t relegated to a pint glass. Yetta Vorobik puts beer cocktails, like Choke Van Roy, Dutch Devil and Quattro Blanco in martini and wine glasses, as well as Champagne flutes.

The version they made at the first Brewing Up Cocktails — and which can be found on The Hop & Vine drinks menu — is called the Dutch Devil: Duvel, Bols Genever (a malt-based ancestor of Dutch gin), Angostura bitters and a sugar cube, topped with a sprig of crystallized ginger. “I definitely want to keep a beer cocktail on our menu,” Vorobik said, “and it’s fun conspiring with these guys to come up with new flavors.”

Beer Cocktails Spoken Here:

The Hop & Vine
1914 N. Killingsworth St. (They’re planning another beer cocktail event this month.)

Beaker & Flask
720 S.E. Sandy Blvd.

Cassidy’s Restaurant and Bar
1331 S.W. Washington St.

1303 N.E. Fremont St.

Clyde Common
1014 S.W. Stark St.

Brewing Up Cocktails included four other beer cocktails, the most complex and beer-centric of which was the Cascadian Revolution, which was based on Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale:

  • To 3 ounces of ale they added
  • 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier
  • 1/6 ounce of Clear Creek Eau de Vie flavored with Douglas fir, stirred with ice and strained into a martini glass and topped with the secret weapon, a tiny drop of super-potent hop oil.

“We played around with that one for a while,” said Ezra Johnson-Greenough. “It was the hardest to create, because we wanted to preserve the hoppiness. We added the Grand Marnier to bring back some of the citrus quality, but the hop oil really brought it into focus.”

Johnson-Greenough is also an artist (a painter and graphics designer), and the blending and mixing to create something new appeals to his artistic sensibilities. He first sampled beer cocktails when Grier and bartender Neil Kopplin came up with a beer cocktail event called NovemBEER Cocktails, which was held a year ago at Cassidy’s as a fundraiser for the Oregon Bartenders Guild.

“People were really curious about these drinks,” said Grier. “It wasn’t just beverage industry insiders who were interested, either — most of the crowd was the general public.”

Shortly after, Johnson-Greenough was in San Francisco for SF Beer Week and happened on The Alembic, a beer-and-spirits house in the Haight, which features a different beer cocktail each day of beer week. The sheer audacity of some of the blends — fino sherry, Cherry Heering, ginger brandy and Stone Ruination IPA, for one — impelled him to put together Brewing Up Cocktails with Grier.

Other Portland barkeeps are intrigued by beer cocktails, including Acadia’s bar manager, Jabriel Donohue. “They’re fun,” he said. “I’ve always viewed beer as an integral part of cocktail culture and I think it’s hugely underrated.” Donohue did his part to reverse that with a drink he whomped up for NovemBEER Cocktails and hopes to have on the Acadia menu soon enough, the Ursus Rodeo. That’s made of :

  • 1 ounce of Alameda Black Bear Imperial Stout
  • 1 ounce of 8 Seconds Canadian Whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce of Drambuie
  • 1/4 ounce of Grand Marnier
  • a dash of Regan’s Orange Bitters, shaken vigorously and served up with an orange twist.

He also won second Crowd Favorite with the drink in a Drambuie contest.

Donohue said cocktails were best described to him as a condiment: “I’m looking for layers — I want the cocktail to happen in a couple of waves,” he said. “I’m more of a purist, instead of deconstructing a beer for its component flavors, I like to use what I’m given — I’d love to make a drink with one of Upright Brewing’s beers because they’re so layered.

“I’d want to pair it most delicately because I don’t want to mess with it,” he said as he thought through a recipe. “I’d want to use something with high alcohol, I’d want to avoid adding anything too sugary, because I don’t want to muddy it up — the beer would be the primary base so I wouldn’t want to shake it. It’d be incredible to use Upright’s Six (a dark rye beer) with the recently released 84-proof Galliano …”

Cassidy’s Rouillier and Kopplin of Clyde Common also like beer for its fizz: “I like the carbonation for the texture it adds to a drink,” Rouillier said. “It adds a sort of silkiness like Champagne does.” He and Kopplin took that observation to make what they called a Flemish 75 — a French 75 with Duvel ale instead of Champagne, Aviation gin and lemon.

“It’s a barley pop,” Kopplin said. “It’s a soda with more interesting flavors.” He’s pursued the fizz in what he calls a Portland 75: House Spirits White Dog corn whiskey, fresh lime and Pabst Blue Ribbon, in a nod to the Portland hipster’s favorite pint. He usually picks a somewhat more substantial beer, however, and is interested in working with local brewers in coming up with new cocktails. “You want to be playful and have fun with it,” he said, “but the drink needs to taste like beer because you don’t want to disrespect what the brewer’s given you.”

Ross William Hamilton

Over in the Southeast Cocktail District, the folks at Beaker & Flask have a traditional-with-a-twist take on beer cocktails: shandies and a new menu of boilermakers made with mini shots of cocktails such as Manhattan, Remember the Maine and Blood & Sand. “We’ve always tried to do something with beer,” said owner Kevin Ludwig. “We’re known for our cocktails, but we’ve got six taps and we’re steadily building our beer business — when we opened this place, we wanted to embrace all drinking: beer, wine, cocktails and coffee.”

The Beaker boilermakers allow bartenders to premix and chill batches of cocktails. Customers get a shot of the chosen cocktail in a small, frozen shot glass and a pint mug of beer. “People drop the shot in their own glass and they love it,” said Ludwig. “It’s fun, it foams up and spills a bit on the bar, but we’re trying to have fun with it and not be so serious.”

Blood & Sand on “need to know” cocktail list



Every bartender who calls him/herself a bartender should know a fair few things about their profession.

Resently famous listed a need to know cocktail list for bartenders. The Blood & Sand Cocktail is obviously one of the top rated!

Heering at Manhattan Classic Cocktail

Heering lead a popular seminar together with Dale Gregoff, a top of the line mixologist, during the Manhattan Classic Cocktail. The seminar was held on Sunday May 16th and the topic was “Glasses & Tools: how do you choose the right glass for a drink?” . Dale also displayed an old Heering bottle from 1888. (The Heering cocktail Blood & Sand is one of Dale’s absolute favourites).

About Dale Gregoff:
Universally acknowledged as one of the world’s premier mixologists, whose innovations globally impacted
the industry, Dale DeGroff has been credited with reviving and reinventing the profession of mixology when he took command of the beverage program at the world famous Rainbow Room in 1987. DeGroff pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails, creating a cocktail renaissance that would soon spread around the world like wild fire.

New Heering cocktail at Harry’s Bar New York in Berlin

A new cocktail is on the drink list at Harry’s Bar (Hotel Esplanada in Berlin).

Cherry Colada
Heering Cherry Liqueur
Doley’s Toffee liqueur
whipped creme
pineapple juice
cherry juice

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