Good to know: Cocktails are serious business at Berlyn
Fri Dec 17 2010
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
The restaurant's name activitated our cringe reflex when it opened earlier this fall (Berlyn is a mash-up of Brooklyn and Berlin, a nod to the menu's Germanic leanings) but with a prime location just across from BAM and—this just in—a serious cocktail list, the place may just be worth a second look.
Turns out Berlyn sports some boozy bona fides, courtesy of husband-and-wife team Jeremy Oertel (Dram) and Natasha David. Together they devised the cocktail menu, which at first blush seems worthy of filling the void left by the shuttered Fort Greene "speakeasy" Hideout. There are original concoctions like the Betty Carter (bourbon, sherry, Nonino and lemon juice) and classics like the gin-maraschino-and-crme-de-violette Aviation, along with holiday specials.
Check out the full menu after the jump.
Aged rum, ruby port, egg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, red hot garnish
The Berlyn Cocktail
Bols Genever, rosehip, ginger, lemon juice, bitters
The John Chapman
Apple Jack, bourbon, apple syrup, aromatic and orange bitters
The Lafayette Presbyterian
Rye whiskey, honey, ginger, lemon juice
Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur, gin, lemon juice with a Sekt (sparkling wine) float and a juniper sugar rim
The Betty Carter
Bourbon, Pedro Ximenez sherry, amaro Nonino, lemon juice
Starr African rum, Rhum Agricole, egg, cinnamon, house-made grenadine, grated cashew
The Rum Trader
Old Tom gin, Smith and Cross rum, Cointreau, house-made orgeat, lime juice
Erdinger Dunkel Weiss beer, ruby port, Allspice Dram, demerara, egg, cream.
Mulled red wine with brandy, Grand Marnier, clove, cinnamon, and star anise
Gin, Maraschino, Creme de Violette, lemon juice
The 20th Century
Gin, Creme de Cacao, Lillet Blonde, lemon juice
Rye, dry vermouth, Amaro CiaoCiaro, maraschino