Consumed before or after your meal, or as we like in extraordinary cocktails, these Italian Amari (Bitters) are drinks you must know. Not to be confused with Amori (Love), why are those words so similar, they can inspire it. More
You'd think finding a very good cocktail in this state should not be hard, but when you've been spoiled with world champions like New York City's Employees Only, Pegu Club, Flat Iron and the like it is a self imposed hardship.And, sadly many NJ bar tenders just don't have the skill to make a credible Martini.
Nevertheless, when Nell and I were looking for a spot for our regular Tuesday night out, which always includes a bar, I started to search. Found a post on Chow.com on "Unique Cocktails in NJ" that mentioned a good bartender and mixologist, Andrew, at Park West Tavern in Ridgewood, NJ.
I checked out the Park West web site, cocktail menu looked intriguing. We were on our way.
Cocktails were great and so was the atmosphere, service and food. We'll be back.
Look, I am immediately inclined to be suspicious of any of the new flavored vodkas that are sweeping the market. If I want a flavored vodka I prefer to infuse it myself. Sure I've always loved Stoli Citros or even Raspberry, but when they started to come out with root beer, whipped cream, s'mores, green tea and the like I have to say now wait a minute!
However, when I received an offer to sample Van Gogh Rich Dark Chocolate Vodka, I could not resist, who can turn down dark chocolate? And to tell you the truth, I was pleasantly surprise. It is actually very good.
Chocolate Martinis are a blast to make, but I also found Van Gogh to be wonderful over things like fresh melon and ice cream.