I am holding off on the Gracie's post because I am waiting for the email with the details of the 7-course tasting I participated in with Andy and my parents. I remember most of the courses, but I want to do the whole meal justice by providing what I think are the crucial small details of each small plate!
With that said, this is a post about the pre-Gracie's cocktail I enjoyed at Local 121 with my visiting parents. It was very hard to be at Local 121 and not order any food. We were surrounded by all the fantastic smells and presentations of the great menu- none of which I've had the opportunity to try yet! The place inside is beautiful and warm and I can't wait to go back for a meal. It was also very hard to decide what cocktail I wanted because the cocktail menu is as interesting as the food. With options like the Coriander Blood-Orange Martini and a St. Germain (with champagne and elderflower liquer) your pre-dinner drink can be as exciting as your entree. However, I was feeling quite under the weather due to the cold and allergies, so I decided to go for the classic hot toddy:
The Local 121 Hot Toddy was a mixture of bourbon, hot water, honey, and a lemon wedge studded with cloves. I don't usually like sweet cocktails- but this hit the spot. It really wasn't too sweet, but the honey soothed my throat and the bourbon helped open up my sinuses. I highly suggest this forgotten-about cocktail, especially the Local 121 version. I also suggest following your cocktail with dinner at Local 121- because everything look really good!~