Little El Salvador: Drinks and That Turkey Sandwich at The Copper Still
The bar at Jaragua transformed itself to a separate bar called The Copper Still about three years ago. I ran into bar director Nancy Kwon at Tales of the Cocktail in 2012 and she told me all about opening Copper Still. Somehow years flew by before I actually made it in. I first met Nancy when she was the Ilegal Mezcal brand ambassador years before and she heard about Elemental Mixology classes from me. Long story short, we have a lot in common- good food and most definitely good drinks.
Recently a big deal has been made over the pan con pavo or turkey sandwich at Copper Still. It’s stuffed with a goodly amount of turkey but what makes it awesome is the gravy which is poured on. Fresh veggies including radish slices keep it light. I love the topping of curtido, the lightly pickled slaw usually served with pupusas.
Nancy was just switching out list to the Spring menu so we tried a couple of the new drinks. My friend had the Root of it All, a stirred drink that would normally catch my eye but this night I was all about My Sweet Summer. Something about the cachaca and the Yellow Chartreuse just seemed glorious. And it was. Not too sweet, it’s a great drink now that our weather is warming up.
Art in the Age makes a number of liqueurs I love including Root which as you might guess taste just like root beer. Mixed with Atlantico reserva and even a touch of demerara sugar, it’s sweet but balanced.
Root of it All – Atlantico reserva rum, Art in the Age Root, demerara sugar, sarsparilla bitters
My Sweet Summer – Avua prata cachaca, Yellow Chartreuse, Clement creole shrub, grapefruit peel
The kitchen sent out pastelitos, a great snack while thinking about our next cocktail conquest.
We must have been in a rum/rhum mood as some of the next few drinks leaned that way. I loved this one with Santa Teresa Orange Liqueur.
Food was starting to hit the table (or bar top). We tried three different ones including my fave chicharron. The lorroco (Salvadoran herb) is wonderful as a vegetarian option. For more on the pupusas, check out the end of this post when I did a pupusa crawl along Beverly.
You really can’t go wrong with dinner and a show. First Nancy set some booze on fire in the coupe then flicked shaved cinnamon, showering the place with playful sparkles. The stirred drink is then poured in to extinguish the flame.
Lucano in Starlight – Plantation Barbados rums, Amaro Lucano, Bitter Truth bitters, toasted cinnamon
Up until this night, I had not heard of a whisper about Salvadoran poutine. And now suddenly I want Salvi poutine all the time. The fries are covered with pork, gravy and soft Salvadoran cheese. It’s delicious and probably just as of a big calorie bomb as its Canadian brethren but who cares, Salvi poutine!
We couldn’t resist trying another couple of drinks with dessert. Another stirred drink with whiskey for me.
And then this awesome drink with Dead Rabbit’s Orinoco bitters which are warm and spicy. The Dead Rabbit is a bar in New York and I was impressed the Copper Still actually got them from someone who traveled to New York to buy them. Note, you can buy them online but I like the idea of someone winging their way to NY to buy ’em.
Keeping it Salvi even to the end, we had these lovely things we were calling Salvi doughnuts which we dipped and ate with the enormous amount of stewed fruit.
I have promised Nancy it won’t be 3 years until I make it in again so who wants to go next week?