There are a lot of drinks out there that call themselves martinis, but we are proud martini purists: We’re talking gin and dry vermouth, chilled with generous amounts of ice, strained into a martini glass, and garnished with olives or a lemon twist. Fortunately, we found a superlative rendition at Steuben’s (see page 174 to read about Steuben’s master mixologist Randy Layman). No, it’s not vodka. No, it’s not chilled gin. No, it’s not dirty, for Christ’s sake (although if that’s your thing, they’ll surely make it for you).
We’ve been braving the line for a taste of authentic-Mexican-with-a-twist flavors since Pinche was only a food truck, but with the addition of a brick-and-mortar eatery (read: liquor license), our taste buds have never been happier. There’s only one margarita on the menu, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own: While the fresh lime juice, Cointreau, and dash of house-made simple syrup are a given—and mixed just right—the real fun is in choosing the tequila from more than 30 varieties behind the bar. Cheers.
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