Orlando: Dinner at Cask and Larder
While I was in Orlando for Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, I checked out Cask & Larder in nearby Winter Park. It was recommended to us by many people for both cocktails and farm to table style eats.
I started out with the Pennyworth since I can’t help but order every cocktail with Fernet-Branca. It didn’t actually pack as much of an alcoholic punch as I expected. The white vermouth, sherry and beet shrub balances out the Fernet-Branca.
The Pennyworth – Fernet-Branca, Carpano Bianco, sherry, beet shrub, Peychaud’s bitters, celery bitters
Our server didn’t seem to understand we wanted to share a few small plates and tried to tell us we were ordering too much when we started ordering a slew of appetizers. I suppose she thought we were going to get some entrees as well.
We started off with the cured meats which were tasty. I skipped the biscuits as they were too hard.
The deviled eggs were good and honored our request to leave off trout roe from one (a friend had a fish allergy).
I really liked the kale salad with bacon vinaigrette. Though it was super rich, the addition of beets and granola made it seem “healthy.”
The other drink that looked intriguing to me was the Don Juancho. I used to order tawny ports way before my cocktailian days took over and I was interested to see how rum would mix with it. It was very nice plus I always love Cynar.
Don Juancho – Diplomatico Exclusiva rum, Quinta de la Rosa 10-year-old tawny port, Cynar
We got meaty with enormous Nashville hot chicken wings. A friend joked these must have been from a dinosaur. Messy but fun. I loved the okra that came with the wings as well.
Our grilled asparagus took just a bit longer than we expected but it was worth it in the end. If I did live in the area, I’d be back to check out the beer and low country boil.