A Taste of Paris
Photo by Matthew Gillis
Whether you’re at a bar in New York, Madison or anywhere in between, you can probably order up a Long Island Iced Tea, a notoriously stiff combination of four types of liquor (and usually no actual iced tea).
Hawk’s Bar & Grill has been offering six variations of the drink—including a French-inspired concoction—since opening five years ago. The reasoning behind this cocktail diversity is simple, according to owner Hawk Schenkel.
“The classic Long Island is kind of intense,” he says. “The idea was to make it more tasty.”
Hawk’s lineup of Long Islands features the strong but balanced Classic, orange-juice-tinged California, cranberry-infused Newport, sweet-tasting Pineapple and the namesake Hawk made with Blue UW vodka and lemonade.
But a standout is the Parisian, an interesting twist on the ubiquitous libation made with the extra ingredients of black raspberry liqueur and papaya juice.
The drink is refreshing and a nice accompaniment to an evening spent on the bar’s State Street patio. But don’t let the Parisian’s sweetness fool you: It’s as potent as the East Coast original.
“Long Islands are extremely strong drinks,” Schenkel warns. “Don’t order a Long Island if you don’t want a strong drink.”
RECIPE The Parisian Long Island Iced Tea Fill a pint glass with ice.Add:
1 oz vodka
1 oz gin
1 oz rum
1 oz triple sec
Fill the rest of the glass with papaya juice. Top with a quarter ounce of black raspberry liqueur. Garnish with two lime slices.
Recipe courtesy of Hawk’s Bar & Grill, 425 State St., 256-4295, hawksbar.com
|Madison Magazine - July 2008|