A few weeks ago we filmed a few how-to videos to share with all of you folks, with the help of a Seattle based company, the Small Screen Network. Dave, KegWorks’ founder, president and cocktail connoisseur made the trip out west to be part of all the excitement.
The night before the shoot, we decided it would be good to imbibe in some sweet relaxation in the heart of Seattle. Before Dave made the trip he researched some of the best, most authentic cocktail bars in the Seattle area, and had one in particular on his radar, Zig Zag. Zig Zag is located right behind (and below) the Pike Place Market, in what is called “Hill Climb;” it is small, intimate, and dimly lit (as are the majority of Seattle establishments). It has an eclectic mix of old-fashioned meets modern day cocktails – as do quite a few of Seattle’s secret drink spots, as the city truly brings the essence of the cocktail revolution to life.
The difference between Zig Zag and some of the others is their vast selection of hard to find liquors and cocktail mixers, and their use of these the right way; Here, you’ll find perfectly blended, perfectly garnished cocktails.
I felt, not so adventurous this night, opting not for the “Don’t Give Up the Ship” (Gin, Dubonnet, Grand Marnier, Fernet Branca), the “Prado” (Tequila, Maraschino, Lime, Egg White), or the “Tivoli” (Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Aquavit, Campari), but instead for a classic Mojito. And, I am so glad that I followed my gut on what I felt was a humdrum, cliché order. I have sipped on Mojitos in New York, San Fran, New Orleans, Chicago, and the like, and this one was by far the most perfect iteration of a Mojito that I have ever experienced.
I watched the bartender muddle away with some serious elbow force: superfine sugar, fresh mint and lime from the market, I am sure. Served with crushed ice and topped with a whole mint sprig glazed in powdered sugar. Perfection.
After a few of these, it was a rough morning, but a productive one at that. Thank God, Seattle is also full of Starbucks.
To make your own Mojito, check out this video:
So, if you are looking for a refreshing spring drink and a difficult morning – give it a try!