Terrine's Spring Cocktail Menu
Terrine's haute bar scene splashes into springtime with fresh cocktails
Mixologist Ryan Wainwright commands the bar at Terrine, the brasserie by Stephane Bombet, Kris Morningstar, and Francois Renaud. Wainwright's signature cocktails infuse ambiance into the chic restaurant as he serves up the latest cocktail menu. We sat down at the bar and took a taste of what’s fresh on the cocktail menu this spring.
While my sights were set on a margarita with a French twist, my guy wanted something a little more unique. He got it: the drink is called 3 Square Meals.
"It sounds like an Irish Car Bomb," my guy said, "I don't know if that's an insult or a compliment."
Ryan Wainwright laughs. "I was telling my girlfriend, I'm doing this one drink I'm really excited about," he explains, "it's such a mess, it has everything in it... lemon juice, cold brew coffee, and bourbon, and beer, and bitters."
So what's in that drink? Buffalo TraceBourbon, Lemon Juice, Menottis Cold Crew Coffee Cordial, Amaro Abano, Dale's Pale Ale.
La Marguerite A subtle French take on the Margarita. Tapatio Tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, Lime Juice, Freeze-Dried White Barbados Grapefruit. The citrusy tang of the freeze-dried grapefruit on the rim was a nice touch for this cocktail.
Southern Drawl Drinking this cocktail made me feel like Blanche du Bois, relying on the kindness of bartenders. One sip and my New Orleanian drawl started up again. Diplomatico Reserva Rum, Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, Ramazzotti Amaro. All I needed was a to-go cup and stroll in the sultry night. After all, a cocktail's charm is fifty percent illusion, but when a drink is superb I'll tell the truth.
Francois Renaud came by our table and suggested the Soleil Tonique. It was as refreshing as he said it would be: Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grapefruit Juice, Lemongrass and Bergamot Tonic, Lime Juice, Cocchi Americano. Francois sat with us and we chatted about the pleasure of Sichuan peppers, the enchanting quality of a good soubise sauce made with rice, and his fascination for Dr. Pepper soda, an indulgence that cost nearly as much in France as a bottle of champagne.
Speaking of indulgence, for those looking to try something luxurious and completely worth a splurge, you've come to the right place with the right bartender. Terrine's Premier Menu features quality cocktails with enough backbone to support your barback and your bartender. Nothing but the best premium spirits go into each drink that you won't find easily elsewhere, using a limited production Bourbon, like George T. Stagg, the 15-year barrel aged extremely hearty whiskey is powerful, flavorful and intense for Terrine's $60 Bourbon Old-Fashioned. Notes of lush toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, nougat, molasses. You get the idea.
Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., 323-746-5130