I’m going to be doing a new series of beverages from bars.
To start off this series, I bring you The Wayland located on 700 E9th street/Ave C in Alphabet city NYC.
Source: The Wayland
I started going here in February 2012, right around the time they were a brand new business. And I’ve been there many times since then, but I haven’t been there in a while. The twist on today’s post is that I’m going to be talking about the drinks I’ve had there straight from memory. (So I probably won’t be getting the name of drinks correctly, but I’ll do my best.)
Drinks I really liked there:
The San Fran Spout
-Housemade Citrus infused cola with Fernet Branca served tall
Somehow they make a Fernet cola taste absolutely amazing. It’s not your typical Fernet cola, it’s sweeter, lighter, and much more refreshing. The upfront flavor is sweet citrus, then cola, and a minty finish. I’ve double fisted these many times in my visits, it’s one of those drinks you just need to order here, and in my case - always needs to be in one of my hands.
I Hear Banjos - Encore
-Apple Pie Moonshine, Rye Whiskey, House apple-spiced bitters, Applewood Smoke served in snifter/rocks glass
I don’t think I actually loved the flavor of this drink. I just really liked the way it was prepared. The bartender, most likely the owner of the bar, starts by building the drink in a rocks glass, then starts the Smoke gun and fills a snifter with smoke. And finally clamps the smoke filled snifter onto the rocks glass and serves. It just looks so damn cool, but I didn’t dig the flavor too much. The drink was a bit too sweet and thick for me, almost cloyingly sweet. The things I did like was the multiple layers of apple that comes through almost like an apple pie, and the applewood smoke that you joyfully whiff as you take in the drink. It tasted and felt like I was eating a slice of apple pie and smoking a hand rolled cigarette. I don’t know if that’s really an enjoyable combo, but I like ordering it just for the fun gimmick.
Mezcal Oyster shooters
-Memory is fuzzy here, but I remember it being a citrusy Mezcal shooter with pineapple juice (?), served with a delicious Blue point oyster
Mezcal Oyster shooter
(This isn’t exactly what I’m talking about, but it’s the only one I can find from the Wayland.)
This is also one thing I always have to order when I go here. The shot seems to change often, but this is the one I remember enjoying the most. The shot was a smoky, citrusy, lightly sweet -it’s reminiscent of mignonette. The oyster accompanied was actually so good, and much unlike all the Blue Points I get at happy hour.
Drinks that were “Meh”
Garden Variety Margarita
-Blue agave blanco tequila, ginger & kale juice, lime juice, agave nectar and smoked sea salt served in lowball
In theory this savory cocktail should taste pretty good, but I felt the drink had too much savory flavors going on. It reminded me of the taste of chinese food. It’s a weird description to use, but the marriage of ginger & a leafy green like kale ended up tasting like a general “chinese food” flavor. The flavors come together in a very odd fashion, much like fresh vegetable juice at a juice bar, which is something I don’t really enjoy.
-Bourbon, pumpkin purée, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and bitters served up
No picture… but use your imagination… a small martini glass with a milky coffee like liquid with a small froth.
This is one of those drinks that sound delicious by the ingredients, but fall flat due to some kind of fault. This one falls flat due to it being such a one-dimensional drink. On the first sip the pumpkin purée’s creamy smoothness melds with the cinnamon in perfect harmony, then the bourbon backbone sets in and finishes light with a bit lemon to balance it out. Despite my description, the pumpkin takes over and center stage, it gets kinda boring after 3 sips.