DTLA: New Cocktails at Faith and Flower Including the Spanish Milk Punch
Faith and Flower has launched a drinks menu that includes new cocktails and old favorites. I checked it out a couple of weeks ago and now have some new favorite drinks.
Felix Griffin is named after the drummer who played in Dirty Rotton Imbeciles (DRI), a punk band band, Beverage Director Edwin Osegueda loves. He thinks it’s hilarious this brilliant pink drink is named after a tough punk rocker but I checked out Griffin’s instagram where he posts sweet pics of his kids. So, maybe he has a soft side. But don’t be fooled, just because it’s pink doesn’t mean everyone can’t enjoy it. The apple notes really come through. And with three different brandies, this drink packs a punch.
Felix Griffin – Clear Creek 8 Year Old eau de vie de pomme, Clear Creek pear eau de vie, Hine VSOP cognac, hibiscus, lemon
If you ever went to Cana Rum Bar back in the day, you may have ordered their Zombie variation, 28 Days Later. Edwin used to work at Cana and has brought it onto this menu as a tribute to his bar mentor, Allan Katz. I had just checked out the tiki mugs exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery and this fit my mood.
28 Days Later – Goslings Black Seal 115.5 (this is a mix of 80 and 151 proof rums), Don Q anejo rum, Ilegal reposado mezcal, Smith and Cross rum, Pernod absinthe, Maraschino, Tuaca, paradise blend, pomegranate, passion fruit, pineapple, lime, grapefruit, Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters
I tend to stay clear of anything carrot-related but I was convinced to try the Critical Hit which turned out to be much better than expected. It’s essentially a sour with both rum and tequila with a little cinnamon. The sweetness of the carrot juice balanced out the liquors.
Critical Hit – Blackwell’s spiced rum, Centenario anejo tequila, canela, lemon, carrot juice, egg white
The recently launched Japanese whiskey, Kikori, makes an appearance with the Woodsman. Kikori works really well in mixed drinks and I liked pairing it with apple brandy and Japanese sugar. Add in some mint and this is a new julep I can get behind. The Kentucky Derby is only a few months away!
The Woodsman – Kikori whiskey, Laird’s bonded apple brandy, lime, kuro sato, mint
As much as I love the banana liqueur from Giffard, I am glad to see other flavors in drinks these days. The Apricot Hammock uses the apricot liqueur along with Hine cognac and house orgeat. It’s a neo-tiki drink and most people don’t even realize it. Just imagine wearing a Hawaiian shirt and enjoy.
Apricot Hammock – Hine VSOP cognac, Giffard apricot liqueur, orange, lime, house orgeat
If you’ve ever been to Faith and Flower, most likely you’ve had their English Milk Punch which is a best seller. It’s an intensive 2-day process and there’s a limited number of drinks they can make daily. Faith and Flower employs a prep guy whose sole job is dedicated to this drink. So why would Faith and Flower go even further with a new milk punch? Well, because they can. And now people are starting to order the English Milk Punch and the new Spanish Milk Punch for comparison’s sake. I have to say I like the new Spanish Milk Punch quite a bit. If you ever want to make it yourself, here’s the recipe. Edwin told me he made this for his own Thanksgiving recently and has even more respect for the Milk Punch prep guy.
Spanish Milk Punch – La Nina del Mezcal Primario, Avion blanco tequila, Del Maguey Minero mezcal, Avua Prata cachaca, Neisson blanc rhum agricole, Pernod absinthe, Giffard ginger liqueur, lime, pineapple, orange peel, thyme, anise, cinnamon, English Breakfast black tea, clarified milk.