Alcohol Review: Mixin’ drinks ain’t easy

I’ve always thought if I were alive during the 20s I would be a flapper and maybe that’s why Speakeasy was so easy for me to love. Ava and I went to Speakeasy in downtown to check out the location with the 20s name and live jazz entertainment. I also needed to speak with the fabulous Rita Boudreau about doing vocals for my upcoming film “On the Other Side.”

Speakeasy has amazing decor. The owners are dedicated to their Prohibition-era theme. “Casablanca” was playing on the pretty, HD, big screen TVs before the live act was on. The lights are dimmed low and even the chairs feel like something my great-grandmother may have owned.

After being denied a lemon drop because the bartenders didn’t know what one was, I started out the night with a dirty vodka martini. Mostly, because I’ve never had a straight-up martini before as I usually take mine with apple. And with Humphrey Bogart staring down at me I was feeling brave about the vodka and olive mixture. (Yes, I know a martini usually has gin, but I chickened out and went with Grey Goose.)

It was okay. Not my favorite cocktail, but I can see why it’s considered classic. I love olives and should’ve asked for extras. And judging from the few men who were there drinking martinis as well I’m guessing Speakeasy makes a good one.

Next I tried the night’s special “Sparkly Cosmopolitan,” which was described as a regular Cosmo with champagne. When I ordered the bartender said okay, then proceeded to look up the recipe in his handy-dandy flip book. I’m okay with this and I waited patiently–after all, Speakeasy is a fairly new club and most likely he’s a fairly new bartender. My complaint? All the ingredients for the drink are listed on their menu so I fought the urge to just hand over the menu to the bartender. The recipe search meant the wait was a little long.

Once I got my pink, girly drink, I was happy to down the sweet drink. I love cosmos and they rank in my top cocktail list right after Long Islands and Cape Cods. The addition of champagne made the drink a little too sweet for my tastes, but the drink was mixed well.

My next adventurous drink was the sidecar to finish off the night. Another classic cocktail, I hadn’t tried before. This drink was my favorite discovery of the night. It was sour and sweet with a mixture of cointreau and lemon. Ava didn’t like the harsh aftertaste, but I thought it was a great finish to such a sour drink. Maybe I just like knowing there is alcohol in my drink.

At the end of the night, Speakeasy was a great bar for a girls’ night out. We’ll definitely be back again for more classic cocktails, 20s ambiance and great music. Hopefully between now and next time, the bartenders learn how to mix a few drinks so even the wait for the drink is easy.

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About kristamaesmith

I'm a writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah where I cheer for the Jazz, walk my dog, and spend too much money in local restaurants. I work in marketing for higher education and blog about food, travel, film, and whatever shiny moment catches my fancy.
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3 Responses to Alcohol Review: Mixin’ drinks ain’t easy

  1. Avaish says:

    I really liked Speakeasy, I keep telling everyone about it, we totally need to go back sometime. (Also, they were only playing Casablanca on one tv, the other one was some WWII movie, which was nice cause you could just glance between them if one was starting to get dull.)

  2. Er-bear says:

    I'm excited to try it out with you guys when I have money.

  3. Krista Smith says:

    I leave the movies to, Ava. The drinking to me. We'll defnitely have to head back sometime for a girl's night.

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