I’ve been sort of gazing longly at The Penrose since it opened a few weeks ago – it’s right around the corner from me, and is a total anomaly on the UES, the land of Bud Light-soaked sports bars (not that that’s a bad thing, but variety is nice).
It’s all house-made everything and cool small plates and raw wood and bartenders with Irish accents and cocktails like homemade root beer with whiskey. I’m not even really a “cocktail” person – I generally stick to wine or beer – but the cocktails at The Penrose are unmissable.
Jolie and Baby and bottle
Pickle martinis and pickle oyster sliders and pickles and pickles
SPICY PICKLE MARTINI (a.k.a. My Favorite Drink In The World)
It’s so good. It sounds so bad. But it’s so good.
In a shaker, combine 3 oz good vodka (I like Ketel One), 3 tbsp pickle juice (important: use really top-quality pickle juice, like McClure’s Spicy Pickle Juice), and ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a pickle spear.