By second round we were feeling a little more adventurous and quizzed the bartender about the Prohibition Presidente (also $8.50). The menu called out the ingredients as follows: Samogon, Lemon and Lime Wedges and Simple Syrup.
Samogon? What the heck is that? According to the bartender samogon is a Russian liquor and is often referred to as Russian Moonshine (OK you have my attention). It's produced from grapes (like grappa) but also from the “pomace” (seeds, stems, skins and residual juice) that remains after wine production. Bartender was kind enough to let us taste the samogon straight. We did and I wouldn't recommend drinking too much that way unless you are the hardiest of moonshine drinkers and regularly hang with guys like Snuffy Smith. Expertly mixed as it was in the Prohibition Presidente however, it became the base of a very special cocktail. The closest comparison I can make is with a Caipirinha - Brazil's most famous cocktail.
If you have the chance, drink this.
|Prohibition Presidente - my new favorite cocktail.|
|Prohibition Presidente as described on the |
Drum Room cocktail menu.