Cocktail Menu: Anvil in Houston's Winter Drinks
January 20, 2011
Here is the new cocktail menu from Anvil in Houston. I am craving that Butternut Squash Flip.
From dates and butternut squash to grapefruit, the menu sparkles with the rich flavors of the winter season.
•Drooling Date – A simply delicious, just ever-so- sweet blend of Aquavit, date molasses, Orgeat and
orange bitters that sips much too easily.
•Butternut Squash Flip – Served in a champagne flute, this beer-based cocktail of butternut squash-infused rum, Heferweizen, whole egg and oats is light and luscious.
•General Sherman - Named for the giant Sequoias that grace our west coast, this blend of hazelnut-infused
bourbon, Stone Pine liqueur, honey and butter is one hot toddy that’s not to be missed on a cold winter
Amari, Bonal and Other Bitter Delights
A love of Amari, Bonal and other flavors that pucker the palate runs deep at Anvil, and the bartenders’ ongoing
explorations continue to produce sophisticated and tasty results.
•The Diplomat – A bold blend of gin and Bonal Quina rounded out with just a soupçon of orange and
cherry flavors makes for an upscale take on a gin martini.
•Witchy Woman – This pretty pink cocktail belies the bitter bite of a mix of Campari, white rum, citrus,
Orgeat and aromatic bitters.
•Black Betty – Fenugreek-infused rye, Bonal, Italian bitter, and Xocolati mole bitters come together for a
sophisticated drink for the initiated.
•Monk’s Revenge – Herby, medicinal Benedictine is smoothed out with a hit of rye and is given a final
boozy jolt with some hints of Fernet and Campari.
“Oh So Anvil”
The guys doing what they do best – mixing, experimenting, creating.
•Seoul Train – A global exploration of Nordic, Korean & French flavors that somehow converge into
a subtly spicy and delightful drink that defies explanation. This eclectic mix of Aquavit, house made Sujeonggwa liqueur, Dubonnet Rouge, orange bitters and sour tincture comes from Chris Frankel, aka the “mad scientist” of Anvil.
•Maharaja Buck – Inspired by the flavors of India, a cardamom-infused gin and house tamarind jam is
shaken with lime, turmeric and Anvil’s ginger beer for a subtle, rich blend of flavors.
•Pliny’s Tonic - Gin, lime, mint, and habanero tincture, this Anvil cult classic proves that sometimes less
really is more.
•The Secret of Monkey Island – This cocktail was so popular on a recent “Tiki Tuesday” that it had to go on the menu. With two kinds of rum, Cointreau, orange, honey, Orgeat and clove, it’s also a boozy ode to both the Tiki and Anvil traditions.
I guested there last night. Yau Lu is one to watch, that Butternut Squash Flp is fantastic.
Posted by: Neyah | January 21, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I am so proud of what Bobby and Kevin have brought to Houston. Let this be a lesson to all of you supposed "Mixologists" running around there. Look to, and have respect for these Gentlemen at Anvil, Bobby, Kevin, Chris and Matt. Its a nice change of pace to have the obviously Elite not coming with an Elitest attitude. Pay attention to these guys and you will always learn something from them. They are always willing to lend a hand to help, and they share their knowledge, because what good is it to go to the Harvard of Cocktails without leaving with anything to help you along on your own path? I admire their ethics, and it would be nice if the rest of Houston would realize that the minds behind this fantastic bar are truly great individuals. Good Luck with Hay Merchant, can't wait.
Posted by: Hearsay | January 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM
This is my favorite bar, and I love those drinks! The Pliny's Tonic is simply gorgeous!
Posted by: Chad | February 18, 2011 at 01:30 PM