“a woman walks into a bar…” and has Gin for Breakfast

on 08/08/11 at 2:09 pm

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Well, this wasn’t actually a bar I walked into but an adjunct to Big Bar at Alcove, so I’m counting it. Big Bar hosted a gin breakfast, in their cottage behind Alcove, called Breakfast of Champions which, believe me, required some champion drinking before noon. I wondered who would, or could, come to a 10:30am breakfast on a Friday – certainly nobody who has a job – but then, almost nobody has a job, so why not drink gin for breakfast. Turns out most of the people who rolled in were in the booze biz, either bartenders or reps and they all had jobs so there goes that theory.

Anyway, how charming is this little cottage?! The long table was set beautifully with the menu of drinks we would be imbibing, lovingly done up with a brown bow, easing us into the world of breakfast and gin cocktails. All the drinks were made with Plymouth gin beautifully represented by Silamith Weir, English Gins Connoisseur.

Silamith Weir

Ok, so we started, of course, with a Ramos Gin Fizz…always a delicious eyeopener, and here is a sublime description by an anonymous gentleman from the old Times-Democrat: “What does this wonderful mixed drink taste like? You might as well ask for a description of a Mediterranean sunset, its frothy delicacy, its quaint suggestion of fruit trees and summer odors, its evanescent flavors blending like the hues of the rainbow, its cool, delicious whiteness, its sweet caresses as it wafts like an angel down the joyous throat, all of these are things no person can adequately describe.” Hey, Sir, is that a Ramos Gin Fizz in your pocket?

Eating was in order to coat our empty morning stomachs and fresh fruit and morning pastries were abundant as was animated chatter. Next drink was a Corpse Reviver #2 which is meant to be exactly what it says…revive you after the night before…and indeed it did. The servers trooped in with our main courses and I was lulled into thinking there’s plenty of food to offset the booze. Drinking away, we were joined by Zahra Bates, bartender extraordinaire at Providence, whose vitality and enthusiasm for alcohol are second to none. Zahra is a bottomless resource of creativity and nothing eludes her interest and passion for booze, so succinctly expressed by her: “I try to find a way to put alcohol in everything.” You know she means it and it will taste awesome.

Yes, Zahra is drinking two cocktails at once. She's allowed

After polishing off the smoked salmon on potato pancakes, one more drink was in order. The French 75. Sounds like a kinky position but this French 75 is a lovely drink that goes down easily and was a fitting end to a delicious breakfast. Three gin cocktails before noon and all was good with the world….yeah, that was before the S&P downgrade, the 600 point drop in the market and a fresh reminder of the coming 2012 Armageddon. Back to work, I was amazed that I didn’t feel a ‘buzz’. Wasn’t sure if the two hour nap, which I hasn’t happened since I was two months old, had anything to do with boozing but, what the hell, I had a Mediterranean sunset for breakfast.

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Juan Sevilla, head bartender, welcomes us to breakfast.

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