Anaheim: Drinks at Hammer Workshop & Bar
Although I normally like dark bars with no windows, I firmly believe in all kinds of bars including airport bars. Hammer reminds me of that type of bar- in the middle of the room, bright, lots of people moving around with trays of food. That’s actually great about Hammer because I saw plenty of people get their food from the nearby vendors including Orange Tei which is directly across.
Hammer takes their theme seriously with tractor seats as stools and drinks are cradled between farm looking implements (all right, I’m sorry, I’m a city girl who’s not very agricultural). Not to mention the giant tool box sign indicates the thought and care in creating this concept.
Hammer does classics well. The Negroni was perfect. I didn’t try more as I like to get drinks off the menu when visiting a new bar.
For a spicy take on a Dark and Stormy, try the Sgt. Pepper which features a Sichuan peppercorn tincture.
Sgt. Pepper – Gosling’s rum, Sichuan peppercorn tincture, ginger beer, lime
Next time I’m trying the Far East Movement (Broker’s London dry gin, lemongrass syrup, basil, lime) and Sunset Boulevard (Rittenhouse rye, pineapple-infused Campari, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, black bitters). The Rear Naked Choke also sounded interesting with Corralejo reposado tequila, Cynar, beet cordial, lemon) which is served on the rocks with orange oils.