Friday, September 1, 2017

September Cocktail of the Month: Sassy Apple

The sassy apple is a delicious blended vodka cocktail with a sweet-tart apple and cinnamon flavor, and it's the perfect way to welcome September!

We are starting to feel the chill of autumn in the air, and it's time for harvesting apples. Among the many things to celebrate this month is Johnny Apple Seed Day. As much legend as history, John Chapman worked in a tree nursery and planted trees in New York and Pennsylvania. He continued to plant and sell apple trees as he traveled west, so much so that the "Johnny Appleseed" legend was born. Johnny Appleseed day is celebrated on his birthday, Sept. 26th. 

Come into Bryant's Cocktail Lounge and enjoy a taste of Autumn! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Cocktail of the Month: Hawaiian Eyes

The third Friday of August is Statehood Day in Hawaii, marking their admission to the Union in 1959. Celebrate all month at Bryant's by enjoying a Hawaiian Eyes cocktail!

Citrus, pineapple, and rum are the highlights of this refreshing cocktail.   Served on ice, and ready to cool you down on a hot summer evening. Just $5 during Old Fashioned Cocktail Hour!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July Cocktail of the Month: Flamingo

This month we bring you one of our newest cocktails: the Flamingo!

Sometimes patrons ask us how we come up with many of our signature cocktails. While the histories of many of the older Bryant’s drinks are shrouded in mystery, perhaps forever lost to time and accessed only through mere speculation, we know most of the stories and inspirations behind the newer additions to the Bryant’s “menu.” And they’re all incredibly interesting and diverse. We have drinks inspired by experiences at MIT, ones that are homages to a local rock band’s songs, and ones even named after current and former employees. July’s Cocktail of the Month, the Flamingo, invented by one of our former bartenders, Erik Chandler, is a tequila-based hurricane style drink with grapefruit and orange flavors that initially found its inspiration in its creator’s upbringing in Florida, when he remembers having orange and grapefruit trees in his backyard*.

However, the creation and naming of any cocktail isn’t necessarily that simple. Indeed, a lot of factors ultimately contributed to the Flamingo coming into being. The summer of 2015, when the drink was invented, saw the passing of Don Featherstone, the creator of the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, an icon of kitsch that was commonplace in the front yards of Erik’s south Florida neighborhoods. 2015 also saw the return of the flamingo to the Florida Everglades, migrating there en masse in winter for the first time in nearly a century. The flamingo, though, has had a symbolic presence in south Florida for a long time, with a flock residing at the Hialeah Race Track, as well as providing the name for a legendary Miami hotel and a fashionable Miami Beach neighborhood.

Certainly you don’t have to be from Florida to appreciate flamingos; there’s a local connection to these majestic birds as well. Some of you probably remember when over 1000 pink plastic flamingos briefly adorned Bascom Hill on the UW-Madison campus in 1979, a stunt perpetrated by the Pail & Shovel Party who were celebrating their reelection to the student governing body. To honor this prank, Madison made the plastic flamingo its official city bird in 2009!

All this and more are contributing factors in the creation of this drink (we didn’t even get to mention how much we like to hear one of our favorite musical groups—the Flamingos—on our amazing McIntosh stereo). The flamingo is undoubtedly a distinctive bird, and we hope you think, like we do, that’s it’s a pretty distinctive drink too.

Stop in between 5pm and 8pm Sunday through Thursday and get a Flamingo for just $6 all month long.

*Erik would like to thank co-workers Maggie Mendelson and Fada Shelbourne for their constructive criticism and positive feedback while creating this cocktail.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Cocktail of the Month: Dreamsicle

Summer is beginning, and we're dreaming of ice cream! This month we are featuring the Dreamsicle, a sweet, nutty, and orange ice cream cocktail topped with real whipped cream.  Let us help put you in the mood for bright sunny days and long summer nights!

Just $7 all month during Old Fashioned Cocktail Hour.  Stop in and try one today! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

May Cocktail of the Month: Satin Moon

A full moon in May is known as a flower moon, signifying the blooming flowers of spring.  To celebrate May, we have selected a satiny smooth champagne cocktail that has flavors of violet, berry, and citrus. 

The Satin Moon features Crème Yvette, a classic liquor that originated in the U.S. in about 1890. The once popular liquor went on hiatus for about fifty years, but recently re-emerged from a producer in France.  The violet flavor lends a subtle complexity to the combination of berries.

Stop in to Bryant’s during the month of May to enjoy a Satin Moon, only $8 during Old Fashioned Cocktail Hour, 5:00- 8:00, Sun-Thurs!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April Cocktail of the Month: Tradewinds

Spring can be frustrating, with sunny skies one day, rain and wind the next.  Whether rain or shine, let the Tradewinds blow away your cares and transport you to the equator!  

The Tradewinds is a classic tiki cocktail, and like many classics, there are many versions of the recipe.  Some with gin, some with rum, and some with coconut. The Bryant’s Tradewinds is a frozen cocktail that will fill your sails with a blend of rums, tangy and refreshing orange, and sweet pineapple juice.  Perched on top is an umbrella, to protect it from anything spring throws its way.

Stop into Bryant’s for the entire month of April to enjoy the Tradewinds, only $7 during Old Fashioned Cocktail Hour, 5:00 until 8:00, Tuesday through Thursday!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March Cocktail of the Week: The Mexican Water Lilly

In a few weeks Spring will officially begin, and here at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge we can’t wait! And to celebrate this season of rebirth, renewal, and the springing forth of beautiful flowers, we’re offering as our March Cocktail of the Month our own beautiful flower: the Mexican Water Lily.

The Mexican Water Lily is one of our oldest drinks here at Bryant’s, and it’s especially representative of a style of cocktail we make called the Depression Era Drink. For those of you who don’t know, these concoctions—of which we have dozens—are recipes that date back to Prohibition times, and were invented to camouflage the illegal liquor being produced during those years. They’re a little sweet, a little sour, come in a wide assortment of fruit flavors, are flash-blended to frothy perfection, and served on the rocks. Oh, and did we mention they’re all delicious? Especially the Mexican Water Lily, one of our tequila-based Depression Era drinks, which features tangy lemon and velvety apricot notes.Perfect sipping for a Spring afternoon!

The Mexican Water Lily takes its name from a beautiful flower that grows in marshes in the Southern United States and in Mexico. It’s sometimes called the Banana Lily due to its long roots that resemble bananas, and it has bright yellow petals (it’s certainly not a coincidence that our Bryant’s Mexican Water Lily is yellow in color). And while these rapidly growing flowers, though pretty, can sometimes be a nuisance for particular waterways and ecosystems, our Mexican Water Lily is always a welcome perennial, and has been for decades at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge.

Stop in between 5pm and 8pm Sunday through Thursday and consider the Mexican Water Lily for just $5 all month long.