Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:08

Last Call: New Hotel Mertens

Written by  Nick Macksood
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The Treaty of Fez The Treaty of Fez Photo by Katy Batdorff

The Treaty of Fez
New Hotel Mertens

Patrons of New Hotel Mertens may notice that the French restaurant’s cocktail menu is original to the erstwhile hotel in the 1940s. It’s a classic, pre-prohibition era menu gracefully updated with both modern and internationally renowned spirits. 

However, you won't see Treaty of Fez on the menu downstairs. You’ll find this drink, among others, at Merten’s new rooftop bar, Haute. The space deserves no description, or rather, no description deserves the space — you simply need to see it for yourself. 

But the Treaty of Fez, like its counterparts at the lower bar, is understated. Not too flashy, the colors and the flavors in harmony with one another. It’s an easy drink: the refreshing mint tea cuts the bite from the Bulleit, while the spice and the warmth of the ginger and cinnamon enhance the bourbon’s flavor.

2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
4 oz. Moroccan mint tea
1 oz. cinnamon-ginger syrup
Club soda, to finish

Pour bourbon, mint tea and syrup into an iced shaker. Mix well, then strain into a highball glass. Finish with ice and a splash of club soda. Garnish with mint leaves and candied ginger, if you like.

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