In the early days of 2013, we wrote about a new cocktail series at Proof. Adam Bernbach, who runs the bar programs there and at sister restaurant Estadio, is well known for tinkering with classic drinks, and he has been using the series to showcase some of his signature riffs. So far, Bernbach has tackled the Manhattan, the whiskey sour, and the daiquiri.
This project went well, apparently, because Bernbach has decided to extend the series. Five more sessions are on the roster in February and March.
First up, on February 17, look out for takes on the Sazerac, that classic and potent cocktail from New Orleans that most commonly combines rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, and muddled sugar or simple syrup in an absinthe- or herbsaint-rinsed glass. (Proof has been known to serve a Sazerac that combines Peychaud’s and angostura—as is traditional at the Napoleon House, a Sazerac destination in the French Quarter—and a cognac float. )
Fans of the Rob Roy (blended Scotch, red vermouth, bitters) should head to Proof on February 24. On March 3, you’ll find plays on that wonderful drink the Old-Fashioned. Staffers have about a month and a half to hone their arm muscles for gin fizz night on March 24. Finally, on the 31st, it’ll be time to take on the margarita.
The Sunday series runs from 6:30 to 9:30 in the lounge area only.