This week Ian from Cook and Shaker takes us back to 1916 with The Aviation cocktail.
What you’ll need:
2 oz Rowhouse Spirits Gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Maraschino liqueur
tsp. Crème de Violette
Luxardo Maraschino cherries
How to mix:
Chill your coupe glass by filling with ice and water and set aside.
Fill shaker half way with ice, add 2 oz gin, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz merachino cherry liquor, teaspoon crem de violet. Shake well. Strain into your chilled coup glass (dump the ice and water first). Drop in a luxardo cherry and enjoy!
Cook and Shaker is a fabulous neighborhood restaurant and bar located right on the border of the Fishtown and Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This place is so fantastic you’ll consider house hunting in this area so you can visit several times a week. However, it’s worth the trip no matter where you live!
Chef Paul describes their menu as “elevated comfort food.” We don’t disagree and think elevated may even be an understatement. It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite things on their menu because everything is just so freaking good. We will point out a few highlights.
The Buffalo Fried Brussels Sprouts are guaranteed to make Brussels Sprouts your new favorite vegetable. Of course, no menu featuring comfort food could be without Tater Tots. They also have a fantastic chickpea salad that even the most hardcore meat eater would love. There is also a Grilled Cheese of the Day feature and trust me, whatever it is, it’s going to be amazing. So yes, picking a favorite off the menu is just impossible, so instead we asked Chef Paul what his favorite is.
Chef Paul is partial to the Meatloaf. This isn’t just any meatloaf. This is a recipe that goes back three generations in his family. While Chef Paul did go to culinary school right here in Philadelphia, he said his cooking instruction started when he was young and would cook with his mom.
Every day there are different specials featured on the food menu as well as specialty cocktails. The special cocktails are chosen by the bartender on shift and are a mix of classic cocktails or an original creation.
Every First Friday is Firkin Friday featuring a different brewery every month. First Friday also features a new artist and art installation.
Happy hour is every Monday-Friday from 5-7pm with 1/2 off bar snacks, 1/2 off select drafts, and a $5 House Cocktail…Old Richmond Punch.
Brunch is served on Sundays (11am – 3pm) and they also have a Sunday Night Special (5-11pm) where you can choose any sandwich on the menu along with any beer on tap for just $12.
Be sure to check out the Cook and Shaker sooner than later and be sure to bring an appetite because their portions are huge!
Cook and Shaker
2301 E Albert St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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